(April 1, 2020)
Wind power generation was effectively tied with coal output in Texas during 2019, with the two energy sources accounting for 20 and 20.3 percent of the Lone Star State’s total energy production respectively. Trends for 2020, which include a significant rise in wind power facilities and the retirement of coal power plants, suggest that wind will emerge as the second most important source of power generation this year behind natural gas, pushing coal into third place.
The final figures for 2019, released by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) saw wind power increase its share of generation from 18.5 percent in 2018 to 20 percent. Meanwhile, coal output dropped from close to 25 percent in 2018 to 20.3 percent last year.
Despite the significant increase in wind power generation, which shot up from 3 percent in 2007 to 20 percent last year, Texas still relies on natural gas for the largest portion of its energy needs. Natural gas generation accounted for over 47 percent of total energy produced in 2019, and projections indicate that capacity will rise again this year.