Texas could get more power from wind than coal next year — a new milestone in an energy revolution

Business Insider | 9/27/2019 | Sara Kiley Watson, INSIDER
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A new report predicts that wind energy will supply more power to Texas than coal in 2020.

Texas already generates the most wind energy of any US state.

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Wind power is becoming more affordable than fossil fuels, even though a renewable-energy tax credit will come to an end in 2019.

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Texas' wind turbines are expected to produce more power than the state's coal plants next year for the first time ever.

In 2020, wind farms are expected to generate 87 terawatt-hours of electricity in Texas, according to a report by energy-consulting firm Rystad Energy. That would mean that almost 8 million homes could be powered solely by wind in the state (the average home uses about 10,000 kilowatt-hours per year).

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Coal, meanwhile, is expected to account for around 3 terawatt-hours less electricity than wind in Texas next year. Already, wind energy in Texas made up a slightly higher percentage of the state's power generation in the first half of 2019.

"Renewable energy technologies are reaching a level where new installations are not driven solely by policies or subsidies, but by economics," Carlos Torres-Diaz, head of gas market research at Rystad, said in a press release.

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Texas uses a lot of power — the state consumed 13 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2015, around 13% of the entire US' consumption.

The wind turbines already in place in Texas make the state a top-five global market for wind power, according to Green Tech Media. It's the US' biggest producer of wind energy, followed by Iowa, Oklahoma, and California. And the state's wind-energy capacity is growing: If every wind project under review in Texas right now gets approved and put into operation, the state could more than double its...
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