Texas city nears wind energy and gas power deal, eyes savings

According to information presented to the city council Wednesday night, the article said, the average San Marcos residential customer would see a savings of about $1.12 a month on electricity bills under the proposal, while large commercial customers could realize savings running into the hundreds or thousands of dollars annually. NextEra’s generating portfolio in Texas is 46 percent wind turbines and 54 percent natural gas, it said.

For a number of years, San Marcos has bought all of its electricity from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), a state conservation and reclamation agency that owns a number of hydropower and fossil fuel plants, but also buys power from three wind farm plants.

The potential contract is yet another sign that with its existing federal incentive, the Production Tax Credit (PTC), wind power in the very windy states of the southern Plains can be cost-competitive. In recent months, Alabama Power and Southwest Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), a utility that serves Louisiana, have announced wind power purchases that are expected to save their customers money.

Tom Gray, www.awea.org/blog