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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.