|A high voltage transmission line carries electricity from wind farms south of Corpus Christi and east of Harlingen, Texas|
I am writing this post because I have become obsessed in keeping informed of wind-powered electricity developments in Texas and renewable electricity in the U.S.
Texas always has to have the biggest things. One of them is its wind energy portfolio, which is the largest in the U.S. On December 20, 2015, the wind farms in Texas generated about 45% of the state's electrical demand, according to ERCOT, Texas' electricity regulator! Also, on March 31, 2016 an article with the "Into The Wind, The AWEA Blog" stated that wind energy produced 45% of the city of San Antonio's demand on March 29, 2016. To say this amount of electricity from the wind is incredible, is an understatement. Texas has the most electrical demand of any other state, and it generates incredible amounts of electricity. If wind can provide almost half of Texas's electricity, you should figure out that wind power is no joke in this state! More wind energy figures are found at ERCOT's website and this site: http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=23632
Also, read these articles:
Most of the electricity generated from Texas' wind power occurs at night. Sometimes too much electricity is produced, and this benefits customers of a major Texas utility, TXU Energy. Customers of this utility are offered FREE electricity during the overnight hours of 9 PM to 6 AM as a result of the abundance of wind power. Also, to handle the extra power produced, a high voltage direct current power line is being proposed from East Texas to an area near the Tennessee/Arkansas border. This line will deliver wind electricity from Texas to the Southeast U.S. grid to serve many more consumers. Even customers in Florida may be able to tap in to Texas wind energy. Since I'm a Floridian, I'm excited about this. Florida does not really have an impressive renewable energy portfolio right now. Yes, we have some solar energy plants, but Florida is not as sunny as it's advertised. In my state, a more viable renewable energy plan, in my opinion, is to focus on biomass and waste-to-energy power.
Go to this website on Wikipedia to learn more about Texas' Wind Power: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_power_in_Texas