Texas Wind Energy 2021 FAQ

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Several proposals will change the way Texas manages ancillary services, adding new costs to only renewables. These discriminatory proposals wouldn’t pass muster in most places.

Why is wind power important for Texas?

“FREE RIDE” – Have you been told that wind power gets a “free ride” in ERCOT? This is the justification for market changes that are designed to place renewables at a disadvantage.

NEGATIVE PRICING – Did you hear that “negative pricing” by wind generators is causing problems in the ERCOT market? Here’s the real story.

WIND CAPACITY – Perhaps you heard about the low performance of wind and solar based on their “nameplate capacity”? Don’t be misled by the names. Capacity, Capacity Factor, and Forecasted Capacity are three very different things.

ANCILLARY SERVICES – Competitors of wind and solar power want to change the market by assigning “ancillary services costs” to renewable power generators. There’s no justification for this action, and it would place renewable generators at a market disadvantage.

CHAPTER 312/313 – Texas Chapter 312 and Chapter 313 programs make the state competitive for investment by capital intensive industries. Including renewable energy projects in the programs is one of the most valuable rural economic development programs ever created. The programs are “local option” but they have been used by communities across Texas to bring investment, jobs, economic diversification, and new tax revenue for local governments and schools.

WIND IN WINTER – How did Texas wind power handle the winter storm event? Remember that the SARA predicted very low wind during the time period.

WATER – In rapidly-growing, drought-prone Texas, saving water by using renewable energy makes good business sense.