Renewable energy fastest growing generation source in Texas


Renewable energy has been the fastest growing source of new energy generation in Texas, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Growth in electricity demand in the state has been met through increasing amounts from all generation sources, according to the EIA, but the largest share of capacity growth has been from wind power projects mostly located in western Texas. The state leads the nation in wind power generation and was the first state to reach 10,000 MW of wind power generating capacity.

The Texas electric region serves 85 percent of the load in Texas, whose grid is operated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The EIA noted ERCOT is not synchronously interconnected with the rest of the U.S. grid, making it difficult to readily exchange electricity with neighboring regions.

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