ERCOT announces more gains for Renewable Energy

ERCOT recently announced that renewable energy electricity sales in 2012 in the Texas market grew by some seven percent, with a gain of more than 15 percent in total capacity of those resources. A total of at least 13,000 MWs of renewable capacity was found in Texas in 2012. The announcement continues the growth of wind energy in Texas — which now equals about nine percent of total demand — but also signals the recent investment in solar energy, which more than quadrupled its use in Texas. 

The full announcement can be found here, but here are a couple of nice little charts showing total capacity and energy of renewables in Texas. 

 

Renewable energy reported

Fuel Type

2012 (MWh)

2011 (MWh)

Increase (%)

Biomass

288,988

137,004

110

Hydro

389,196

267,113

45

Landfill gas

537,966

497,645

8

Solar

133,642

36,580

265

Wind

32,566,009

30,769,674

5

Total

33,915,802

31,708,016

7

 

 

Capacity registered in Texas REC program*

Fuel Type

2012 (MW)*

2011 (MW)

2010 (MW)

2009 (MW)

Biomass

232

132

108

40

Hydro

33

33

33

33

Landfill gas

95

92

88

80

Solar

81

70

21

1

Wind

12,667

10,961

10,265

9,915

Total

13,108*

11,288

10,515

10,069

*Does not include generation in service prior to September 1999. Totals differ due to rounding.

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