Wind is outpacing coal as a power source in Texas for the first time

MSN | 7/25/2019 | By Ryan Prior, CNN
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Wind power has surpassed coal for the first time in Texas, according to a new report.

© Paul Harris/Archive Photos/Getty Images Windmills spin near Adrian, Texas, next to Interstate 40.

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The numbers cap an enormous rise in wind power in the nation's top energy-producing state over the past decades.

Wind has generated 22% of the state's electrical needs this year. It just edged out coal, which provided 21% of the Lone Star State's power, according to the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas, which manages electrical flow on about 90% of the Texan grid.

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Sixteen years ago, in 2003, wind made up just 0.8% of the state's power, and coal satisfied 40% of electrical needs, the council documents show.

By 2010, wind accounted for 8% of the state's energy, and it steadily inched forward to 19% last year and now 22% in the first half of 2019.

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At the same time, coal's portion of the energy mix has declined over the past several years, from 37% in 2013 to 24% last year and just 21% this year.

Yet while wind has soared...
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