Texas expands power lines to wind farms
Texas has seen a spike in wind power in recent years, but not every region of the state has seen benefits from the projects. Now the state looks to spread the wealth of wind energy with the development of several new transmission lines, according to The New York Times.
Numerous projects have been begun to bring renewable electricity from the major wind farms in the flat western reaches of Texas to the major cities in the east. With the total cost currently estimated at more than $6.8 billion, the whole project is expected to be completed as soon as 2013.
The push could prove important, as the surge in wind power has created a great amount of intermittent capacity without large outlets. CleanTechnica reports that when Texas recently set a record in wind power generation, wholesale electricity prices literally dropped to nothing, as utilities looked to ensure the energy got used.
Expanding access to wind power in major urban centers like Dallas and Houston could prevent electricity providers from having to drastically reduce rates when production increases.
Other areas have sought to expand power lines to wind farms as well, with Wallaces Farmer reporting plans for a major new transmission project in Iowa.