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Texas Defeats Dominion 18-0 in Renewable Generation


By Will Driscoll

Texas dominated Dominion 18-0 in renewable electricity generation in 2017, according to final scores from IEEFA.

Dominion couldn’t dent the scoreboard with just 0.4 percent for solar and zip for wind.  Texas scored its entire 18 percent from wind.

Dominion complained of “reliability” issues in justifying past failures to score.  Meanwhile, Texas endured Hurricane Harvey last year and restored power admirably.

The Texas free market in electricity—a wholesale electricity market called ERCOT—created the conditions for Texas to defenestrate Dominion.  In a free market, low-cost renewables rule.

Incredibly, Dominion failed to score the entire season:

  • Denmark demolished Dominion, 53-0
  • South Australia severely admonished Dominion 48-0
  • Uruguay upended Dominion, 32-0
  • Germany got Dominion’s goat 26-0
  • Ireland immobilized Dominion 25-0
  • Spain slam-dunked Dominion 23-0
  • California careened past Dominion 15-0
  • The Indian state of Tamil Nadu totally noshed on Dominion 14-0.

(All scores from IEEFA.)

  • A_Siegel

    Thank you for highlighting this … especially the IEEFA study. IEEFA does great work and, well, in the deluge of publications had missed this very interesting one.

    Quibble: “Texas scored its entire 18 percent from wind.” Actually, Texas has an increasingly impressive solar presence even though it’s wind resources/electricity generation is much better. Staying solely with the IEEFA report, Texas’ wind generation capacity is roughly 20x its solar (20.6GW of capacity wind and rough 1GW solar as of 2017) and is projected to be about 13x by the end of 2020 (29.4GW wind, 2.8GW solar). Note that, in two years time, Texas will see roughly a 50% increase in its renewable electricity generation capacity.

    • Will_Driscoll

      OK; if I hear that IEEFA has changed its numbers, I will edit this report accordingly.

      • A_Siegel

        Will — Those numbers are taken directly from the IEEFA report. See Figure 17, page 60. Note that the solar is solar industrial and not counting rooftop, which I suspect would add about 50% to that number.

        • Will_Driscoll

          Ah, IEEFA focused its report, and I focused my story, on generation (Figure 18) not capacity (Figure 17). Figure 18 confirms the IEEFA text as I reported in the story. Over and out.

          • A_Siegel

            Look, your post says 100% from wind which is not the case.

            From page 61, the paragraph before Figure 18:

            “The growth in installed capacity has led to increased generation from wind and solar PV facilities and a dramatically higher market share for these renewable sources. Thus, wind and solar PV’s market share has grown from a mere 1.2% in 2005, past 10% in 2014 and reached 18% in 2017.”

            See, “wind and solar”.

            And, the next sentence relates back to the earlier comment: “It is important to note that the market share of wind and solar PV resources would be even higher if it included distributed rooftop solar facilities.”