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    Check out the latest at Climate Crocks Texas Lassos One Third of Electricity from Wind | Climate Denial Crock of the Week

    On Wednesday, March 27th, the largest state in the contiguous United States got almost one-third of its electricity by harnessing the wind. According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the bulk of the Lone Star State’s power grid, a record-breaking 10,296 MW of electricity was whipped up by wind turbines. That’s enough to provide 29 percent of the state’s power, and to keep the lights on in over 5 million homes.
    Though I'm not so sure about the 5th largest producer in the world. That's expected to take 3 years - needed to build both the wind farms and the transmission lines for new generation to get on the grid. RENEWABLE ENERGY: New power lines will make Texas the world's 5th-largest wind power producer -- Tuesday, February 25, 2014 -- www.eenews.net

    I suspect that the burgeoning wind power installations around the world might overtake that ambition, though they'll certainly finish up in the top ten - at least for a while.


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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    Check out the latest at Climate Crocks Texas Lassos One Third of Electricity from Wind | Climate Denial Crock of the Week
    On Wednesday, March 27th, the largest state in the contiguous United States got almost one-third of its electricity by harnessing the wind. According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the bulk of the Lone Star State’s power grid, a record-breaking 10,296 MW of electricity was whipped up by wind turbines. That’s enough to provide 29 percent of the state’s power, and to keep the lights on in over 5 million homes.
    Though I'm not so sure about the 5th largest producer in the world. That's expected to take 3 years - needed to build both the wind farms and the transmission lines for new generation to get on the grid. RENEWABLE ENERGY: New power lines will make Texas the world's 5th-largest wind power producer -- Tuesday, February 25, 2014 -- www.eenews.netI suspect that the burgeoning wind power installations around the world might overtake that ambition, though they'll certainly finish up in the top ten - at least for a while.
    These windmills are constantly, and I mean all throughout each day, being trucked out of Houston. This has been going on for months now..


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    It's a good sign. Wind, unlike PV, has a quite low life-cycle use of GHG to produce and maintain them. It should also serve as a lesson to take a more pragmatic, rather than an emotionally charged view of energy production....we know windmills kill a lot of birds, yet we still accept them.

    I also hope Texas and the electrical grid are being upgraded to shunt power to other places. WA State was going gangbusters with wind power until the utility companies stopped buying their power when the hydropower dams were in high production for several months and the infrastructure wouldn't support sending the power elsewhere. Why invest millions in wind power that you can't sell several months of every year?
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    Apparently that's the reason why the newer windfarms didn't go ahead until now. Once the promised transmission lines started appearing on the landscape, they were prepared to go ahead.

    As for the birds, it turns out the transmission lines - regardless of the power source - are a much bigger danger ...

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    When Governor Perry is speaking, Texas moves-up to 4th. But, sometimes he shuts the hell up.
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