The last decade’s boom in wind energy production and projected expansion of solar power generation in Texas means the state is likely to confront a surplus of renewable energy by the end of the decade. However, bottlenecks in the national grid could prevent Texas and other renewable energy leaders from selling their energy to regions which require it, according to a recent report.
The study, authored by research firm ScottMadden, examined a wide range of policy challenges confronting the regional transmission organizations and independent operators that oversee the lion’s share of the US energy grid.
A crucial finding concerning Texas was that although the state will have a surplus of renewable energy generated by wind and solar by 2030, it may struggle to sell its power to other areas of the country in dire need of a renewables boost.
“One of the key takeaways is the mismatch between where renewable supply is versus where it’s going to be needed to meet the various mandates and renewables goals being made in states and regions,” commented Larry Gasteiger, the group executive director of Wires, which advocates for utilities, grid operators, and transmission owners.
In concrete terms, he pointed to the challenge of getting wind and solar energy from markets with an oversupply of power, like Texas and the Great Plains, to those expected to have a shortfall by 2030. The main areas in this category are California, New York, and New England.