Coal, New Projects, Wind

Wind Power Surpasses Coal in Texas

By Editors of Power Engineering

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas reported the state’s wind power capacity has topped 20,000 MW and has nudged past coal power at 19,800 MW, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The coal total includes the 4,000 MW generated by three coal-fired plants owned by Vistra Energy that are slated for closure. ERCOT has approved the closure of the 1,800-MW Monticello coal plant, but has not yet decided on the others. At the same time, developers continue to add new wind capacity.

Joshua Rhodes, a research fellow at the University of Texas’ Energy Institute in Austin, estimated Texas wind farms will generate more power on a daily basis than coal plants in 2019.

Gas-fired power plants remain the top generation source in Texas.