All posts tagged "Texas"

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    As Texas utility system is stressed, wind generation shows up on schedule

     It's been touch-and-go again for the Texas utility system in the past day or two as a record heat wave bakes the state, but wind generation has shown up at levels above what was planned for, helping to keep the air conditioners running and the lights on. As happened in February during...

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    Drought sears South Central states; wind power saving water

    The numbers on the drought gripping the South Central U.S. are grim–68 percent of Oklahoma "exceptional" (worst) or "extreme," 79 percent of New Mexico, 83 percent of Louisiana, and a stunning 92 percent of Texas–but the effects are even more so. A sampling from a drought report in AgriLife Today, a publication...

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    Worth reading: two articles on Texas blackouts

    Among the many articles written (and still more to come) in the wake of last week's rolling blackouts in Texas are two well worth reading. The first, by Eli Kintisch of Science magazine, is entitled "When Wind Is Reliable: Turbines Help Texans Avoid the Dark," touches on the fact that wind energy...

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    Wind energy helps save day…

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Michael Goggin, 202-302-9670 cell, Friday, February 4, 2011 Wind Energy Helps Save Day as Fossil Fuel Plants Falter and Electricity Demand Surges Across Plains Due to Winter Storm Across the Great Plains this week, wind energy played a major role in helping keep the lights on as...

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    Another wind power mark falls in Texas

    Texas, which has far outdistanced other states in building wind farms and will likely widen its lead still further over the next few years, set a record Friday (March 5) for instantaneous wind generation, as detailed by Kate Galbraith in the New York Times Green Inc. blog. The record mark, 6,272 megawatts...

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    Inexpensive and predictable

    Yesterday, the Amarillo Globe-News carried an opinion piece by Public Utilities Commission of Texas Chair Barry Smitherman on how Texas has become a national leader in wind power and how expanding transmission is needed. Two readers posted negative comments, one on costs and the other on a variety of complaints. Here is...

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    Texas PUC Commissioner explains how transmission works there

    Texas is number one in wind energy, not least for its forward-looking approach to getting transmission built to serve its wind projects. Here is an excellent article by the state's Public Utilities Commission Chairman Barry T. Smitherman on how the commission is approaching the prospect of approving transmission in the Texas Panhandle....

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