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Federal report gives Texas wind power lines high marks

Since the CREZ power lines were completed, incidents of both wind curtailment and wind-related negative electricity prices have decreased in Texas, suggesting the projects have largely succeeded at their mission.
NRG Energy says a proposal for a new transmission line into the Houston area is based on flawed data.  (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Texas pushing to trim power use, diversify resources

The Lone Star State’s reputation as an energy leader may be pegged to the oil flowing out of its fields, but it also is taking a leading role diversifying its portfolio, the head of the Texas conservation office told lawmakers on Wednesday.
(Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle)

Texas tops nation in new wind power construction

Developers were installing a record level of wind turbines as 2013 came to a close, with most of the new capacity coming in Texas, according to new figures released Thursday.
Kate Galbraith, an energy and environment journalist, speaks about her new book "The Great Texas Wind Rush" at the The Downtown Club at Houston Center on Oct. 17, 2013. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Cost of West Texas power lines could shock ratepayers, author says

The cost of the transmission lines to West Texas may come back to haunt ratepayers across the state, while their importance to the grid has diminished, an industry expert said at a luncheon sponsored by the Gulf Coast Power Association.
Turbines at Pattern Energy's Gulf Wind project in Kenedy County, Texas are silhouetted by a sunset. (Pattern Energy)

Construction begins on landmark Panhandle wind project

New wind projects are starting to crop up to take advantage of the new West Texas transmission lines, which link the Panhandle to the state’s main grid, as they near their scheduled completion by the end of this year.
A utility company linesman works to replace a damaged power line. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

New transmission lines will help power booming shale regions

New transmission lines linking portions of West Texas to the Dallas-Forth Worth region will be completed by the end of this year, transmission line officials said at a Tuesday afternoon conference on electricity issues sponsored by Platts.
(Photo: BFS Man)

Grid operator: Texas electric transmission capacity will fall short of demand

Texas is adding $8.9 billion in electricity transmission improvements by the end of 2017, but it won’t be enough to meet growing demand, the state’s main grid operator says.
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