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Mon Mar 31, 2014, 02:06 AM

 

One-Third of Texas Was Running on Wind Power This Week

On Wednesday, March 27th, the largest state in the contiguous United States got almost one-third of its electricity by harnessing the wind. According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the bulk of the Lone Star State's power grid, a record-breaking 10,296 MW of electricity was whipped up by wind turbines. That's enough to provide 29 percent of the state's power, and to keep the lights on in over 5 million homes.

ERCOT notes in a statement issued today that "The new record beats the previous record set earlier this month by more than 600 MW, and the American Wind Energy Association reports it was a record for any US power system."

The landmark is further evidence of one of the nation's unlikeliest energy success stories. Conservative politicians have a renowned aversion to clean energy (though Republican voters favor it overwhelmingly), and Texas is still deep red. Yet wind farms are cropping up in there faster than almost anywhere else. ERCOT points out as much, as it boasts of the sector's recent growth:
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/one-third-of-texas-was-running-on-wind-power

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Reply One-Third of Texas Was Running on Wind Power This Week (Original post)
grahamhgreen Mar 2014 OP
TexasTowelie Mar 2014 #1
ashling Mar 2014 #2
malaise Mar 2014 #5
ashling Mar 2014 #9
grahamhgreen Mar 2014 #10
mercuryblues Mar 2014 #3
A Little Weird Mar 2014 #4
Lunacee_2013 Mar 2014 #6
Takket Mar 2014 #7
Paladin Mar 2014 #8
MicaelS Mar 2014 #12
randome Mar 2014 #11
Orrex Mar 2014 #13
grahamhgreen Mar 2014 #15
Jesus Malverde Mar 2014 #14

Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 02:39 AM

1. I saw the story earlier this week but didn't post it since only two paragraphs were available and

the rest was hidden behind a paywall. There are additional wind farms in development in south Texas and off the shore of Padre Island so the generating capacity should continue to increase. This may end being in the end of coal generated electricity in Texas. I know that Austin is trying to get out of their end of the partnership with a coal-fired plant in Fayette County, but the cost of doing so is prohibitive.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 04:24 AM

2. OH NO!

I hope they didn't use up all of the wind. It is a finite resource ya know. Now it is going to get hot because we used up all of that wind so people could run their air conditioners and stuff! That could start global warming or something - Just ask my congressman



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Response to ashling (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 08:53 AM

5. He really said that?

The stupid burns

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Response to malaise (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 11:20 AM

9. Not exactly

but its in quotation marks on the internets, so it must be true - right?

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Response to ashling (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 12:09 PM

10. LOL. I heard some of the wind spilled onto the Rio Grande!!!

 

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 06:47 AM

3. Ted cruz

back in town?

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 08:44 AM

4. Wow - I don't get to say this often but...

Well done, Texas!

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 08:54 AM

6. Well, it has been really windy this whole month...nt.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 08:55 AM

7. the ultimate irony being that this would actually piss off the average Texan

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Response to Takket (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 10:15 AM

8. Always glad to have an "average Texan" slam, from somebody in Michigan. (nt)

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Response to Takket (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 12:15 PM

12. Shove your Texas bashing.

I am a nearly life-long Texan and I think it's great.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 12:13 PM

11. All wind turbines will soon be required to have admitting privileges at hospitals.

 

[hr][font color="blue"][center]Everything is a satellite to some other thing.[/center][/font][hr]

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 12:33 PM

13. The article conveniently omits the environmental cost of this technology

Texas suffered a massive wind spill about two weeks ago that overturned half a dozen plastic cups and blew the hat clean off of some guy's head.


Tragic.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #13)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 02:13 PM

15. The tumbleweed situation is getting out of hand!

 

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 12:34 PM

14. Interesting thanks..nt

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