Energy & Environment

Texas Helps U.S. Set Wind And Solar Record

Texas leads the nation in combined wind and solar power generation.

A view of a new solar farm near Alpine, TX that came online in April 2017

Texas is helping the nation set records for renewable energy.

The Lone Star State leads the nation in the amount of power it generates from wind and solar, and that helped wind and solar power hit record highs this spring.

In March, for the first time, wind and solar grew to more than 10% of all electricity generation in the U.S.

That’s according to the Energy Information Administration, which says on the national level, it’s natural for renewables to spike in the spring. That’s when winds are stronger in Texas and other plains states with a lot of wind power capacity.

The EIA expects the data will show wind and solar topping 10% again for April, before seasonal patterns cause renewables to drop below that for the summer months.

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Travis Bubenik

Travis Bubenik

Energy & Environment Reporter

Travis Bubenik reports on the tangled intersections of energy and the environment in Houston and across Texas. A Houston native and proud Longhorn, he returned to the Bayou City after serving as the Morning Edition Host & Reporter for Marfa Public Radio in Far West Texas. Bubenik was previously the...

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