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By Lindsay Mouw
Policy Associate Center for Rural Affairs 

Renewables enhance grid reliability amid summer heat waves


August 18, 2022

This summer, headlines suggested that rolling blackouts across the country may be possible because of predicted above-average temperatures.

Texas-based grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator projected energy capacity shortfalls during peak summer temperatures.

Similar to the ERCOT blackouts in February 2021, much of the blame for this shortfall has been unduly placed on renewable energy.

However, as heat waves swept across the country, ERCOT and MISO did not experience strain on the grid as anticipated. In fact, renewable...

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