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Wind Power in Texas Breaks Output and Subsidy Records


On November 10 at 10:21 am., Texas’ wind energy has hit yet another record generating an 8,521-megawatt power, which is about thrice its average output in 2011. This means greater taxpayer subsidy, according to the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF).

The wind energy peak accounted for about 29.5% of the state’s electricity demand (36,423 megawatts), according to the Electric Reliability Coalition of Texas (ERCOT), which operates most of Texas’ electric grid.

This wind power share is about thrice its normal share, 8.5%, in the entire year of 2011.Moreover, the electrical output on the entire day of November 10 was above 6,800 megawatts, beating a three-day operation of 5,000-megawatt average output.

The TPPF adds that every megawatt-hour of wind power transmitted is tantamount to $22 federal production tax credit. It was also reported that last year, the wind power caused $597 million worth of federal production tax credit and a projected $4 billion total subsidy from 2006 to 2015.

[via BlogStarTelegram]


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