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Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by SpiceWare, Jan 16, 2016.
Texas Sets New All-Time Wind Energy Record - Scientific American Blog Network
Very cool! I was a Green Mountain customer for many years when I lived in Texas.
I've been a customer of Green Mountain for quite some time - at least since 2008, but most likely before then.
I always choose the 100% renewable option. I haven't used Green Mountain because their prices always seemed much higher than other 100% renewable sources.
I just flew over Texas today at 38,000'. Clear sky. I could not believe how many wind turbines I could see! Thousands, and they were all turning. WTG Texas.
Amazing! That's so cool. Sounds like southern Alberta on a much larger scale; this Texan accomplishment is something everyone should aspire to. Unfortunately in Ontario (another province with turbines), the phrase "wind turbine" is synonymous with "bad politics" and "low property value" in Ontario, and that sentiment seems to spread like wildfire wherever wind turbines go. What is the situation like in Texas? Are the turbines near populated areas/farms or on public land? Are they pushed heavily by the government or just adopted by individuals and/or private companies?
I think 12% average generation, contributing to a state whose demand runs ~400TWH/year, is another impressive stat (not sure about '15, but possibly higher). Barring consideration for timing, my state could be entirely run by Texas' windmills.
Timing? Tesla's already solved that problem.