Texas Has Generated More Electricity From Wind Than Coal So Far This Year

Texas Has Generated More Electricity From Wind Than Coal So Far This Year

For the first time ever, wind has surpassed coal as an energy source in Texas. 

Data released this month by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas shows wind created 22 percent of the electricity used in the first half of the year, edging out coal by 1 percentage point.

Electricity providers asking Texas customers to take it easier amid record-breaking demand

Electricity providers asking Texas customers to take it easier amid record-breaking demand

With summer heat expected to top 100 degrees, electric providers are asking Texas residents to help ease power  demand during peak times on Monday and Tuesday.

Houston utility company Reliant Energy sent out an alert on Sunday evening asking customers to reduce electricity usage from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.

Setting air conditioner thermostats to higher temperatures and not using large appliances such as washers, dryers and electric-powered ovens during those times can prevent rolling blackouts and brownouts on the state grid.

Texas Solar Energy Projects: Avoiding Mineral Issues

Texas Solar Energy Projects: Avoiding Mineral Issues

When beginning a solar project in Texas, developers must be cognizant of the potential conflict between the surface and mineral estates. In Texas, mineral rights can be severed from the surface estate, and when severed, the mineral estate rights are dominant, meaning the mineral estate has the implied right to use as much of the surface, subsurface, and adjacent airspace of the land as is reasonably necessary to locate and develop the mineral estate beneath. This right can cause complications for solar developers if not properly addressed.

This blog post focuses on the preemptive steps a solar developer should take to protect its project from impacts by oil and gas operations.

ENERGY TRANSITIONS: It's just economics.' Wind blows past coal in Texas

ENERGY TRANSITIONS: It's just economics.' Wind blows past coal in Texas

The Texas grid has delivered more power from wind than coal so far this year. A wind farm in Nolan, Texas, is pictured. Daxis/Flickr

To witness the transformation of America's power sector, go to Texas.

Earlier this month, the state's grid operator reportedwind had generated more electricity than coal through the first six months of the year.

The announcement is significant on several fronts. Texas is America's largest consumer of coal. The 93 million tons burned by the Lone Star State's power plants in 2017 was more than double that of the 39 million tons consumed by Missouri, the second-biggest coal-consuming state, according to figurescollected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

US Businesses Are Benefiting From Ambitious Environmental Goals

US Businesses Are Benefiting From Ambitious Environmental Goals

Over half of businesses in the United States have increased their commitment to renewable energy in response to reports warning of a worsening climate crisis . A studyled by Deloitte has shed light on how businesses and consumers are reacting to climate change and the steps they have taken to reduce their carbon emissions. The major accounting firm identified the roadblocks facing consumer access to renewable energy, while noting that businesses have been increasingly ambitious with their environmental targets as they seek to reduce their impact.

The study shows that although businesses are still driven to manage their resources efficiently from an economic standpoint, they have also become more engaged in sustainable development. Environmental considerations have become a more serious talking point among company decision-makers. Deloitte notes that since 2016, more businesses have embraced formal resource management goals and have increased the budget allocations to reach them. More companies than ever are now seeking to embrace renewable energy, lowering carbon emissions as well as producing less waste.

Ecuador’s upcoming renewables auctions come with 25-year PPAs

Ecuador’s upcoming renewables auctions come with 25-year PPAs

Ecuador’s government is auctioning 500 MW of renewable energy projects they’ve developed, allowing the country to diversify its power matrix away from too much large hydro. LAC-CORE has been asked to take a select group of developers and investors to Quito to meet with senior officials in the energy ministry, the national utility, and the regulatory agency for detailed, personalized presentations — and to seek the answers that’ll get them comfortable.

Texas ranks first in U.S.-installed wind capacity and number of turbines

Texas ranks first in U.S.-installed wind capacity and number of turbines

As of the beginning of 2019, 41 states had at least one installed wind turbine. Of these 41 states, Texas had the largest number of turbines, with more than 13,000, and the most installed wind capacity, at 24.2 gigawatts (GW). As wind technology has advanced, turbines have grown larger in the United States, and the capacity of individual turbines has increased with size. States where wind adoption occurred early, such as California, have a high number of turbines relative to their wind generation capacity compared with states where wind was adopted later, such as Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Illinois.

Renewables, IT and storage can help grid reliability: panelists

Renewables, IT and storage can help grid reliability: panelists

Houston — While some may think renewable resources only make the grid less reliable and secure, experts at a conference in Texas said the diversity that renewables bring to the fuel mix can combine with information technology and energy storage to cost-effectively enhance grid reliability and security.

One of the speakers of a Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association GridNext panel discussion on Thursday titled "How Renewable Energy & Smart Technology Make the Grid more Secure and Reliable" was Wayne Callendar, zero emissions resource manager at CPS Energy, municipal gas and power utility in San Antonio, where the GridNext conference occurred.

US renewable energy transition to move faster than anticipated by 2022: FERC report

US renewable energy transition to move faster than anticipated by 2022: FERC report

Dive Brief:

  • By June 2022, the pace of U.S. renewables growth is going to surpass fossil fuel growth by a significantly greater margin than what FERC had anticipated as recently as April, according to the commission's May 2019 Energy Infrastructure Update, released Friday.

  • The renewable energy-focused SUN DAY Campaign said new renewable energy capacity would grow more than 10% by 2022 while fossil fuel capacity would only increase about 1%, compared to the April forecast of a 5% net increase. The fossil fuel dip will be largely driven by the more than 4.6 GW of coal forecast for retirement, according to FERC's May update.

  • While SUN DAY's analysis asserts that FERC "drastically revised" its 3-year forecast, "the generation additions/retirements section of the monthly report is NOT a forecast or prediction of Commission expectations," FERC media relations director Mary O'Driscoll told Utility Dive via email. The estimates come from outside sources: Velocity Suite, ABB Inc. and The C Three Group.

Highview Power Contracts with Tenaska Power Services for US Cryogenic Energy Storage Projects

Highview Power Contracts with Tenaska Power Services for US Cryogenic Energy Storage Projects

Highview Power, a global leader in long-duration energy storage solutions, has contracted Tenaska Power Services Co., the leading provider of energy management services to generation and demand-side customers in the U.S., to identify, model, optimize and provide energy management services for up to four giga-scale cryogenic energy storage plants in the United States over two years. The initial project is expected to be developed in the ERCOT market.

Javier Cavada, president and CEO of Highview Power, said: “Highview is proud to work with Tenaska Power Services to develop our first projects located in the United States. They are well-respected and have an impressive track record of managing large energy assets. Tenaska’s capabilities and leadership in this market make them the ideal provider to help Highview Power scale our technology in the United States.”