State Policy Wind Power

Wind Energy is growing in popularity and becoming more in demand than ever before. With the popularity of wind power more jobs are being created for Americans. Right now, 29 states have renewable electricity standards, and seven states have renewable energy goals.

AWEA shows Texas Stat Policy as follows. Texas leads the U.S. states in installed wind capacity thanks to good market policies, high electricity demand, and a great wind resource.  Wind development got underway when the Texas state legislature passed a modest renewable energy standard (RES) in 1999, requiring utilities to begin to diversify their electricity sources.  Then, in 2005, the legislature both strengthened the RES and added the landmark transmission policy calling for the creation of Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ), which allowed for movement of electricity from wind-rich west Texas to the heavy load centers further east and south.

As a result of such strong policies, in 2009 Texas surpassed its renewable energy targets.  In 2010, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) generated about 8% of its  electricity from wind; on some days, ERCOT now secures as much as 25% of its electricity from wind.

According to the Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC), wind in Texas has saved consumers money.  The PUC Scope of Competition 2009 Report to the Texas Legislature said, “For each additional 1,000 MW of wind that was produced, the analysis showed that the clearing price in the balancing energy market fell by $2.38.”

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