Saturday, February 9, 2013

New Life Breathed into Wind Industry

With federal tax credit renewed, new life breathed into wind industry
Feb. 8, 2013 - Last Christmas, about midafternoon, high winds that brought yet another cold front through Texas contributed to a new wind power record, at one point providing about 26 percent of the electricity on the state’s grid.

The power registered from the turbines just after 3 p.m. on Dec. 25 was 8,638 megawatts, or enough to power just over 4.3 million homes.

But midafternoon on a cold December day isn’t a time of high electricity use. Most Texas homes are warmed by natural gas, and the sun would have been high enough in the sky that televisions and other appliances — not lights — might have consumed the most electricity. In August, by contrast, when electricity use is high due to amped-up air conditioning and when breezes for driving wind turbines are light, wind provided 5 percent of the power on the electric grid. read more>>>

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