Thursday, August 23, 2018

#TXLEGE: Bob Hall discusses power grid reliability....

"And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut."
Matthew 25:10

[Note: This interview was recorded a week ago.  Due to a long series of technical issues, it's taken a week to get the recording in a form where it could be presented to the public.  Our friend Chris Williams, of Chris Williams audio, was immensely helpful in that process.]

The recent heat wave has seen a spike in stories about Texas' electric grid; given that backdrop, it seemed like a good time to bring in Senator Bob Hall to discuss grid reliability in more...challenging...circumstances:

  • Power interruption cost businesses A LOT of money.
    • 1 second = $75k for one company.
  • Texas' current grid is pretty a benign environment.
  • In the modern world, electricity is the third most important element to sustain life.
  • Lots of bad foreign actors have access to this technology.
  • North Korea was caught attempting to smuggle missiles through the Panama Canal in 2013.
  • North Korea also has potentially hostile satellites orbiting the U.S.
  • Texas spends far more subsidizing wind power than this would cost.
  • Israel already does this.
  • The technological changes are not particularly complicated.
  • We're starting to see action on the federal level.
  • Power reliability is a major factor in determining corporate site locations.
  • The military would probably move additional assets into Texas if we did this.
  • Austin, specifically, has been specifically threatened by North Korea.

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