In Texas, New Transmission Lines Boost Wind Jobs

April 24, 2015

Dallas Morning News:

A little more than a year ago a $7 billion expansion of Texas’ power grid was completed to accommodate the flurry of new wind farms under construction.

But as wind power continues to boom across the plains of West Texas and the Panhandle, the system — named CREZ, or Competitive Renewable Energy Zones — could soon be nearing capacity again.

The state’s grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, is studying the transmission system in the Texas Panhandle, where at least 2,200 megawatts’ worth of new wind farms — enough to power more than 400,000 homes — are expected to begin operation before 2017.

Right now the region has about half that much wind capacity. And with an additional 3,600 megawatts planned, it might not be too long before the CREZ lines reach their limit, said ERCOT’s director of system planning, Warren Lasher.

“A lot has changed since the CREZ project was first established in 2006,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of interest in the Panhandle. And if additional wind farms [commit to construction], above a certain point we will need new transmission.”

3 Responses to “In Texas, New Transmission Lines Boost Wind Jobs”

  1. It’s good for the economy. And the environment.

  2. Says:

    That insane state of a State is innovating in energy and remember Texas Tech hired Professor Duncan from U of Missouri in Jan 2015 and a new LENR institute and hydrogen technology center is the result, just announced very quietly.

  3. MorinMoss Says:

    Texas would also benefit from a ramp-up in solar, especially rooftop solar, which is currently hampered by a mishmash of policies that effectively make it impractical.

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