texas wind power
Six years ago, in an effort to encourage development of its massive wind power potential, Texas state lawmakers passed Senate Bill 20 and with it created Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ).
The State of Texas increased its renewable energy generation by 30% in 2010 to 28 million megawatt-hours (MWh) with a rated capacity of 10,515 megawatts (MW), according to annual report filed May 13 with the Texas Pubic Utilities Commission by Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). ERCOT is the grid operator for 85% of the state’s power and is the agency responsible for monitoring renewable energy for the entire state.
Headquartered in Nursery, Texas, the South Texas Electric Cooperative (STEC) provides wholesale energy to 175,000 members in 65 counties in southern Texas.
Wind received a gust of attention this week from Fortune Magazine.
Fortune profiled NACEL Energy, the first publicly traded company to work exclusively in wind power. The company could very well mark the beginning of mainstream alternative energy.