A blustery Sunday across Texas broke the record for wind generation, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which oversees electricity for 90 percent of the state.
Just after noon, gusts along the Gulf Coast, the Texas Panhandle and in West Texas generated 15,033 megawatts of wind energy at once, a first for ERCOT’s system. That accounted for more than 45 percent of the state’s energy at the time, said Robbie Searcy, a spokeswoman for ERCOT. One megawatt of electricity serves about 200 homes during peak demand, and 500 homes during milder weather.
Is a policy analyst for TCAP, a coalition of cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because high energy costs can impact municipal budgets and the ability to fund essential services, TCAP, as part of its mission, actively promotes affordable energy policies. High energy prices also place a burden on local businesses and home consumers.