In recent years, Texas has become a bellwether for advances in wind turbines and renewable energy. The wide-open, breezy Texas panhandle offers some of the best wind resources in the country. But some surprising shortfalls are emerging in Texas’ electricity production—and that could prove instructive for other states that are looking to ramp up their reliance on renewable power.
New technologies are undoubtedly helping to make wind and solar power more attractive. But Texas is learning that the transition from baseload power plants to weather-dependent renewables brings unintended consequences—including new costs and complexities that pose challenges for reliability.