Texas Races to Transmit Wind Energy from Panhandle 9/23/13
AMARILLO, Texas - A $1.6 billion transmission system designed to bring
Panhandle wind energy to power-hungry Central Texas may not be large enough to
export all electricity generated by the turbines.
The Amarillo Globe-News reports on Sunday the Energy Reliability Council of
Texas is looking at options for transmitting more wind energy.
ERCOT is reviewing new wind farms that would be capable of producing more
than 11,000 megawatts of electricity. About 3,500 megawatts of that is meant to
provide energy to Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.
But the nearly completed transmission system can only handle about 2,500
A new study is looking at the possibility of building more transmission
facilities that would handle at least another 5,000 megawatts of power.
ERCOT estimates it has sufficient capacity until about 2015.