Energy produced in Texas using renewable resources grew by 12% in 2013, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Generators participating in Texas' Renewable Energy Credit (REC) program reported producing 38.1 million MWh of renewable generation last year, compared to 33.9 million in 2012.
ERCOT says solar energy production in 2013 was up by about one-third, based on information from commercial solar resources and aggregators that participate in the program. Last year, Texas produced 178,326 MWh from solar power compared with 133,642 MWh in 2012.
Wind, however, remains far and away the most significant source of renewable energy in the Lone Star State, with more than 36.9 million MWh in total generation – wind power represented nearly 97% of the total. Energy produced from wind generation was up by 13% compared to 2012.
Biomass production dropped 31% from 2012, and hydropower decreased 24%.