Texas weighs bill to end renewable energy incentives for utilities

Texas weighs bill to end renewable energy incentives for utilities

Texas is the undisputed champion of wind energy in the United States in terms of overall capacity. So does the state still need requirements supporting the industry?

The state's renewable power industry has exploded in recent years, and winds share of ERCOT electricity is expected to exceed 15% by 2017. Wind energy-generated electricity provided 10.6% of Texas power last year, the first time it has reached double digits in the states power mix. The state generated about 36.1 million MWh in 2014.

But The Dallas Morning News reports Sen. Troy Fraser (R) has crafted a bill that would end the state's renewable energy credit program, which requires utilities to by credits from green energy facilities.

Mission accomplished. We set out to incentivize and get wind started in Texas, and we far surpassed that goal, the newspaper quoted Fraser. Theres no state thats come close to what weve done.

Renewable energy supporters are asking for the program to continue another decade, noting that the state's wind industry has helped create about 100,000 jobs.

Source: Utility Dive

SMART GRID Bulletin March 2017


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