Wind has been an incredibly robust source of renewable energy for electricity generation in Texas. And as wind farm development is at a record high in the Nation, there is a lot to be optimistic about in the Texas energy sector and for advancements in renewable energy in general.
According to data laid out by the American Wind Energy Association, there are over 200 wind farm projects that are in the process of being built or are close to being added to the ever-growing collection of wind farms out there. Additionally, “The U.S. wind industry installed 736 MW of new wind power capacity in the second quarter of 2019. The industry has commissioned 1,577 MW in the first half of the year, a 53% increase over the first half of 2018.”
Wind Leads to Cheaper Electricity
Texas is ahead of the pack with over 25% of all wind power capacity in the country. But really, the country is strongly developing as well, putting forth a lot of resources and capital into greener, cleaner energy.
A big incentive for this push for wind farm production is that the Government awards production tax credits (PTCs) for their development. As the EIA states though, those credits are being phased out this year, so that’s a large reason for an uptick in recent wind farm development.
And yes, wind generation lowers the prices of electricity rates for consumers. The government subsidies really do result in cheap electricity rates for consumers. In addition, some electricity plans can even provide free electricity at night as a result of this readily available, renewable source.
The Future of Wind Production and Technology
As the American Wind Energy Association states, the 2Q of 2019 is looking to be a groundbreaking year for wind development. With the “total U.S. wind capacity to 97,960 MW, with more than 57,000 wind turbines operating in 41 states and two U.S. territories,” the future looks bright for renewable energy efforts in the country.
Even after considering the tax credit phaseout, there are still many green initiatives driving the production as we look to keep our environment clean by combating climate change.
And not to mention recent advancements in turbine technology, which are driving up the efficiency of the windmills. According to Scientific American, turbines are about a MW more powerful than the majority of those in operation today, so a lot of newer turbines are producing more energy. This also means that larger, more efficient towers are being built to free up space.
All of this is an exciting glimpse into the future of wind-generated energy!