Texas sets demand records, requires conservation, pays $3000 MWh.

A major heat wave is causing record demand in Texas—Monday set a record of 66,867 MW, and Tuesday is expected to set another.

As a result, the grid operator is asking that people help avoid blackouts by reducing electricity usage between 3 and 7 PM. And as of 3:45 PM today, Texas paid $3000 MWh for wholesale electricity.  Yes, a whopping three dollars a kilowatt hour.

May I suggest that solar could help with that?  A tracking system would generate reliable power very well during that time slot, at a thirtieth of the cost.

What’s more expensive than solar?  No solar.