Wind power capacity moves past coal in Texas

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) — Wind power capacity has surpassed that of coal in Texas.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas says that the start of commercial operations at a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas this month pushed the state’s wind power capacity to more than 20,000 megawatts. That surpasses the 19,800 megawatts of capacity from coal-fired power plants.

While ERCOT, which oversees 90 percent of the state’s grid, still gets most of its power from natural gas and coal, wind power generation now accounts for 15 percent of the power mix — up from just 2 percent a decade ago.

Joshua Rhodes of the University of Texas’ Energy Institute in Austin says he expects the state’s wind farms to generate more power than its coal mines by 2019.