Texas wind share nears 10%
Wind power supplied 9.9% of Texas’ generated electricity in 2013, compared to 9.2% in 2012, according to grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
Wind’s share of total supply has almost doubled since 2008 when it contributed 4.9%. Total electric use in the ERCOT region increased 2.1% last year compared to 2012.
Texas has about one-fifth of the country’s total electricity generation from wind with current capacity of more than 12GW. It was the first state to reach 10GW of wind energy installations. Texas became the country’s largest wind energy producer in 2006 when it surpassed California.
Substantial new wind generation capacity is under construction. Texas has seven of the 10 largest wind farms in the nation.
Image: EDF’s Spinning Spur 1 wind farm in Texas (Business Wire)