The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, recently reported that wind power-generated electricity surpassed that of coal in Texas in the first half of the year. It’s the first time this has happened since ERCOT began keeping track in 2003.
ERCOT, the grid operator for most of the state, reported that wind edged out coal by one percent, creating 22 percent of the electricity in the Lone Star State.
As public radio station KUT reports –
“Cheap natural gas and renewable energy prices are biting into coal's market share [in Texas].
Another reason for wind's competitiveness this year could be the weather.
Many of the coal plants in Texas are "peaker plants," meaning they operate only when electricity demand is high. A mild spring and summer may have kept demand lower than expected and some of those plants offline.”
Houston’s status as the Energy Capital of the World and the brain trust of the global energy industry has resulted in an ecosystem that offers a competitive advantage to energy companies working in solar, wind, biomass and other renewables activities.
Houston is home to over 30 wind-related companies, and there are more than 130 online wind projects in Texas. Texas and Houston are well-positioned as leaders in developing large scale renewable energy projects in both wind and solar.
Learn more about renewables in Houston here.