Wind capacity to overthrow coal in Texas by the end of 2017
By the end of next year, it is anticipated that the total wind capacity in the state of Texas will beat coal.
According to the University of Texas, the state’s power grid capacity will reach 10,000MW more in capacity than coal.
Coal is in steep decline in the US following the rise and competition of shale gas, despite President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign regarding saving coal jobs.
As coal declines wind power increases, with the costs getting lower and lower and the ability to operate turbines and farms becoming more efficient.
Following the establishment of CREZ wind transformation line – which has enabled highly-populated areas in the state to receive clean power – Texas’ wind power is also expected to overrun coal in terms of generation.
“Wind could overtake coal in terms of annual energy generation by 2020 or sooner if more coal plants close,” the University of Texas reported.
“The Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ interconnection queue — the amount of electricity generation expected to come on line during the next few years — projects 29,500 MW of wind, 23,800 MW of solar and 14,400 MW of natural gas,” they added.
As of the third quarter of 2017, Texas has a wind capacity of 21,4500MW, which is over a quarter of the US’ total capacity of 84,946MW.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.