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After installing its first large-capacity, operational wind turbine floating offshore in 2009, Statoil said the project costs have reduced by more than 60 percent.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is projecting to have more power capacity in reserve than originally anticipated thanks to more wind power coming online.
Houston-based Calpine Corp. reported quarterly net income that dipped 55 percent from last year, but the power generator actually saw operating gains when accounting for power plant sales last year.
The Pew Charitable Trust’s “Distributed Generation: Cleaner, Cheaper, Stronger” highlights the growth of wind and solar power, but also makes the case for lesser-known power sources like combined heat and power and waste heat to power. California and Texas are primed to lead the way, according to the report.
The EPA on Monday said the City of Dallas is now the largest local government user of green power in the nation, taking the top spot away from the City of Houston, which still ranks second above the District of Columbia, Montgomery County in Maryland, and the City of Austin — giving Texas municipal governments three of the top five spots nationally.
At 12:38 a.m. Thursday, the grid that manages nearly 90 percent of Texas’ electricity load hit 12,237.6 megawatts of wind generation — nearly 37 percent of the grid’s load at the time — besting the previous record 11,467 megawatts from wind set on Sept. 13, according to the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas that manages the grid. A megawatt powers about 500 typical Texas residences during periods of normal demand.
Texas moved up eight spots to rank 26th nationally after the state became more aggressive in policing proper energy code compliance for buildings as part of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, according to the report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Electricity complaints filed with the Texas Public Utility Commission fall to a new post-electric deregulation low.
Texans filed 6,973 electricity-related complaints or questions with the Texas Public Utility Commission for the 2015 fiscal year that ended after September, which is down from the previous low of 7,129 complaints in 2013.
Procter & Gamble made the announcement of the Tyler Bluff Wind Project on Monday at the White House as part of the company signing the “American Business Act on Climate Pledge” to achieve 30 percent renewable energy power to its plants globally by 2020. The wind farm will be built near Muenster in Cooke County by the end of 2016.