AUSTIN (AP) - Building new transmission lines so wind-power
turbines can connect to the Texas power grid could cost ratepayers
as much as about 6.4 billion dollars.
That estimate comes from the Electric Reliability Council of
ERCOT, which operates the grid, filed a study this week with the
Public Utility Commission.
ERCOT explained five scenarios of wind growth and the
transmission equipment to handle it.
Texas already leads the nation in wind power, with almost 5,000
megawatts of existing generation.
More transmission capacity would be needed to move the power
from rural West Texas to more populous areas of the state.
The PUC is expected to choose a scenario within months and then
sign off on a transmission construction plan within about one year.
Information from Fort Worth Star-Telegram & Dallas Morning News:
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