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.
I'm one of those early adopters, but about to switch to Reliant's natural gas since the kW/hr deal I have for wind is 25% more expensive.
Consistent with Repub strategy of exploring all sources of energy and not limiting any.
From the Repub web site.
"Over the past three or four years, the party's stance on renewable energy has become stronger as it calls for the introduction of renewable energy resources into the mainstream. One of its most unique strategies is the advocacy of long-term tax credit for renewable energy sources."
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