Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, announced that its 200-MW Mesteño Windpower project in Starr County, Texas began commercial operation on Dec. 31, 2019. It is Duke Energy’s fourth wind generation facility in Starr County and its eleventh in Texas.
Since the beginning, the bulk power market has operated in response to the load. With no way to store electricity once it was generated, power system operations dispatched generation to meet load and built capacity to levels that ensured maximum demand would be met with reserves.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas anticipates there will be sufficient installed generating capacity available to serve system-wide forecasted peak demand this winter and in spring 2020.
The fall SARA includes a 61,034 MW fall peak demand forecast, which is unchanged from the preliminary fall forecast released in May 2019. The forecast is based on normal weather conditions during fall peak demands, from 2003 through 2017.
Kipp will join the Seattle-based utility as president and report to Harris and then take the CEO reins in January when Harris departs.
Earlier this year, Entergy Texas broke ground on the $937 million Montgomery County Power Station. The combined cycle gas turbine plant, Entergy Texas’ first new-build power station in 40 years in the state, will generate 993 MW when placed into service in 2021.
The projects will be developed, constructed, owned and operated by Canadian renewable energy developer Saturn Power Corp., which will sell energy to the cooperatives through 20-year power purchase agreements
According to ERCOT reports highlighted in the paper, DER has seen steady growth in Texas over the past two years