Wind Power in Texas

On March 26 last year, Texas reached an all time high of 10,296 megawatt peak wind output, supplying almost 29% of electricity load at that time.[1]

wind energy in Texas growingAccording to the US Energy Information Administration, "wind accounts for nearly all of the electricity generated from renewable resources in Texas. The state leads the nation in wind-powered generation, with more than one-fifth of the U.S. total, and is the first state to reach 10,000 megawatts of installed wind generation. Texas became the country's largest wind energy producer in 2006 when it surpassed California. In 2007, Texas became the first state to install one gigawatt of wind capacity in a single year. Substantial new wind generation capacity is under construction. Texas has 6 of the 10 largest wind farms in the nation, including 3 of the top 5."[2]

About a third of the state's total wind power electricity production happens in the  cluster of wind farms located in West Texas, in the counties of Taylor, Nolan, Scurry, and Sterling. In fact, the country's second largest wind farm, the Roscoe Wind Farm, stretches across Nolan, Mitchell, Scurry, and Fisher counties, with over 600 wind turbines and a total installed capacity of 782 MW.[3]

If Texas is producing so much electricity from renewable energy sources, how exactly does this impact your electricity bill? If your provider uses wind energy for electricity production, you should be protected from volatile fossil fuel prices - generally, if the cost of crude oil fluctuates, it should not reflect as  significant increases in your household electricity bill.

But if your electricity provider is not using wind energy, then maybe now is the time for you to think about switching providers. The growth in wind farm production is resulting to lower electricity rates for consumers, and that is something you should take advantage of. If you need help looking for a new provider, you can simply call 000.000.0000 or log on to www.texaselectricityreviews.com and we can help you switch to a provider offering lower electricity rates. You can also view and compare prices, promotions and terms through our website.

 


[1]    http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=16811

[2]    http://www.eia.gov/state/print.cfm?sid=TX

[3]    http://gov.texas.gov/files/ecodev/Renewable_Energy.pdf

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