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2016-06-13. Solar Power Plants are the Future of Texas Power.

posted Aug 5, 2016, 7:35 AM by Alan Gould   [ updated Aug 5, 2016, 7:36 AM ]
By Mike Jacobs, Union of Concerned Scientists. For GSS Energy Use chapter 10. Excerpt: Something unprecedented just happened on the renewable energy front in Texas that is likely to reverberate in energy markets across the country. ERCOT, the entity that manages the flow of electric power to some 24 million Texas customers, ...has posted its predictions of where the state will be able to find the cheapest electricity over the next 15 years. And here’s the part that marks a momentous tipping point: solar power emerged as a clear economic winner in the state in all seven scenarios. In other words, ERCOT is saying that the price of solar power in Texas is now low enough that it predicts no other power plant types will be built. ...this happened in Texas, where competition to supply electricity is unfettered, and existing power plants have no guarantees or privileged status. ...By 2031, ERCOT predicts that between 14,500 MW and 27,200 MW worth of new solar farms will be built. Under such a scenario, solar’s share of the Texas grid would rise from under 5 percent to 15 percent. ...in the political realm, Texas is leading the court fight against the federal carbon reduction requirements, known as the Clean Power Plan. But this stance is rendered purely symbolic when Texas’ own deregulated market is moving the state rapidly towards the same clean-energy outcome. ...  http://blog.ucsusa.org/mike-jacobs/texas-solar-power-plants