August 6, 2016

ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES ARE TOO PLENTIFUL:

In Texas Oil Country, Wind Is Straining the Grid : A new $8 billion electricity transmission system is now complete, but it's already nearing maximum capacity. (Richard Martin  August 6, 2016, MIT Technology Review)

The Lone Star state is by far the largest state for wind power, with nearly 18,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity already built and another 5,500 megawatts--nearly equal to California's total installed capacity--planned. The biggest driver of that wind boom was an $8 billion transmission system that was built to bring electricity from the desolate western and northern parts of the state to the big cities of the south and east: Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.

Completed in 2014, the new wires--known as Competitive Renewable Energy Zones, or CREZ--have the capacity to carry some 18,500 megawatts of wind power across the state. That's not enough to handle the 21,000 megawatts of capacity Texas expects to reach this year, and it's creating a situation that's straining the transmission system and potentially resulting in periods where the turbines go idle.

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