A new study from Rice University on the growing role of wind and solar electricity in powering Texas has been attracting widespread attention. John B. Billingsley, CEO for two of the state's premier renewable power developers, says that the study underscores the critical importance of renewable energy – both wind and solar -- in the state.
The study points out that wind and solar electricity provided about 18 percent of Texas' power in 2017, but that thoughtful planning to optimize natural patterns of renewable energy output could further help those resources "punch above their weight" as coal-fired power plants are retired. In fact, Texas, because of its size and climate, is uniquely positioned to replace coal power with electricity from a complementary mix of West Texas and Gulf Coast wind along with solar power from around the state.
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