Texas Got 18 Percent of Its Energy from Wind and Solar Last Year
“For years critics have claimed grid costs and stability will spiral out of control before we hit 20 percent renewable energy. Texas is proving them wrong
While Texas is most often associated with fossil fuels and conservative politics, it’s also earning a reputation as a leader in renewable energy integration.
For years, Texas has led the United States in installed wind capacity, thanks to a $7 billion investment in transmission lines linking windy West Texas to load centers the state approved back in 2007. Since then, the state has seen sustained growth in wind energy with few integration issues to speak of. The Texas grid, operated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), has seen sustained levels of wind energy penetration above 40 percent for hours at a time without significant issues.
But of course, the wind isn’t always blowing hard enough to cover 40 percent of Texas’ electricity needs. What really matters is the amount of energy renewables provide over the entire year. That’s what’s so remarkable about the numbers that have been coming out of Texas in recent years…”
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