The Lone Star State, America’s Next Green Energy Center!

The population of the “Lone Star State, Texas is approximately 29.47 million people[1]. In July 2020, state utilities used natural gas (58.6%), renewable energy (17.1%), coal (16.8%) and nuclear (7.6%) to generate electricity[2].  Wind and solar are the primary sources of renewable energy in Texas.

Texas’ use of inexpensive natural gas and renewable energy contributes to the state’s below average cost of electricity. In May 2020, the average cost of residential electricity in Texas was 11.82 ¢ per kWh, compared to the national average of 13.26 ¢ per kWh.

In 2005, the Texas Public Utility Commission amended the state’s Renewable Energy Standard (RPS) to mandate that 10,000 MW of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2025. Texas surpassed the 2025 RPS goal in 2009! In 2019, Texas’ total power capacity from wind energy alone was over 24,200 MW!

Texas is the only state with a stand-alone electricity grid, which is operated by the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). ERCOT has encouraged the development of new renewable energy projects by authorizing construction of transmission lines to bring electricity from rural areas to large metropolitan centers.

Texas’ progressive energy policies have spurred the rapid development of new renewable energy projects, including:

  1. 480 MW Wind Farm In October 2020, British renewable energy company, Renewable Energy Systems and Canadian utility, Algonquin Power completed the Maverick Creek Wind project located approximately 150 miles northwest of the Texas state capital, Austin.
  2. 186 MW Wind Farm – In October 2020, American solar developer, Recurrent Energy commenced construction on the Pflugerville Solar Project, located near the Austin, Texas.
  3. 100 MW Wind Farm – French utility, EDF Renewables has announced plans to build the King Creek 1 wind project, which is located approximately 175 miles west of Dallas, Texas. The wind farm is scheduled to be completed by year-end 2021.
  4. 81 MW Solar Park – American solar developer, Belltown Power a has commenced work on the Rippey Solar project, which is located approximately 80 miles northwest of the city of Dallas. The solar project is scheduled to begin operation by March 2021.
  5. 105 MW Solar Park In August 2020, American renewable energy company, Pattern Energy Group has commenced work on the Phoenix Solar project located approximately 60 miles northeast of the city of Dallas, Texas. The solar park is scheduled to be completed by July 2021.
  6. 284 MW Solar Park + Energy Storage ProjectIn October 2020, Italian energy company, Enel began construction on the Azure Sky solar plus storage project, which is located approximately 120 miles west of Dallas, Texas. The solar + storage project is forecast to be completed by August 2021.
  7. 500 MW Solar ParkAmerican renewable energy developer, ConnectGen has announced plans to build the Pecan Prairie Solar project, which is located approximately 100 miles north of the city of Houston. Construction on the solar project is scheduled to begin in 2021.
  8. 100 MW Energy Storage Project – In October 2020, American energy storage developer, Able Grid Energy Solutions has begun work on the Chisholm Grid battery energy storage system located near Fort Worth, Texas. The energy storage system is scheduled to be completed by July 2021.
  9. 100 MW Energy Storage ProjectIn October 2020, American utility, Broad Reach Power began construction on an energy storage project, which is located approximately 100 miles northwest of Austin, Texas.
  10. 100 MW Energy Storage ProjectIn October 2020, American utility, Broad Reach Power began construction on an energy storage project, which is located approximately 30 miles north of Austin, Texas.

Texas has long been known as an energy center for the oil and gas industry. A new energy boom of wind and solar began in the state fifteen years ago and is continuing to gain momentum.

Texas knows energy. The state’s innovative and progressive thinking on is transforming Texas into one of America’s next clean, green energy centers.

 

Jack Kerfoot

Website “Our Energy Conundrum”

www.jackkerfoot.com

 

 

 

[1] Texas Population 2020, World Population Review

[2] U.S. Energy Information Agency – Texas State Profile and Energy Estimates

[3] U.S. Energy Information Agency – Texas State Profile and Energy Estimates

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