ERCOT - Wind generation passes Coal for first time in 2020
- Jan 17, 2021 10:27 pm GMTJan 17, 2021 10:24 pm GMT
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ERCOT recently released its full 2020 set of generation data.
For the first time, total wind generation surpassed coal generation. A 10.4TWh increase in wind generation along with a 9.3TWh decrease in coal assured that wind is now far ahead of coal and pulling away. Strong growth in solar generation meant that NG generation also declined in 2020 - particularly simple cycle generation. Great news all-around.
Wind capacity is forecasted to grow by another 4GW(about 14%) in 2021and solar is forecasted to grow by over 6GW(150%) in 2021. The continued strong "teamwork" between these two sources means that the zero-carbon share of electricity generation in Texas will continue to grow.
When will solar generation pass coal generation for a full year?