The implementation of renewable energy continues to increase all around the globe. Many countries and states are realizing how beneficial these types of energy can be in comparison to nonrenewable sources. In fact, renewable energy is even booming in one of the least expected places: Texas.
How Texas Became a Leader in Green Energy
Texas has been known as a state where residents and governing powers are not very concerned about climate change or the effects of fossil fuels. This is why it is so surprising that Texas is dipping into green energy so heavily. Texas is primarily adding solar energy to its grid, which makes sense due to the open lands and increased sunlight in the south. Furthermore, Texas is also taking advantage of the various federal incentives to add more wind power in the state.
There are certain factors that make nonrenewable energy sources, particularly solar power, appealing in Texas. Firstly, there are the above-mentioned factors regarding open lands and the sunlight available in the south. In addition, the land and labor needed to add solar power are cheap in Texas and solar permits are easier to get in the state. These multiple factors make it a streamlined process to build solar power and sell it on the grid.
How Texas and California Differ in Green Energy Implementation
There is a major difference in the way that Texas is adding renewable energy in comparison to states like California. While California has added a lot of wind and solar energy to the grid, they have also reduced the use of nuclear and hydropower. This means that the added renewables are simply making up for the cuts in power. In contrast, Texas continues to add solar and wind power in addition to its nuclear plants. In other words, Texas is adding additional power that will be used over and above their current uses. For Example, on hot days when everyone’s air conditioner is running. This helps them avoid the duck curve, as the additional power will only come when it is needed. The duck curve involves daytime overproduction of energy, which would cause the electricity price to go lower during these hours.
This whole situation may add an important factor to the discussion regarding the proper implementation of green power. According to the EIA’s emission report by state, Texas actually had more zero-carbon energy production in 2016 than California, which was a surprise to many. Basically, this brings two different forms of implementation into view. Now, the discussion may pivot into which method of implementation is more valuable, supplemental or replacement green power. The replacement of certain types of power may be ideal down the road to reduce overall emissions. But the supplemental model may be beneficial for now to prevent increased emissions in the present. Whatever the reasoning for a state to add more green power resources, it is a beneficial situation for the environment and residents of the state.
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