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Texas races to transmit wind energy from Panhandle

Published On: Sep 22 2013 02:00:05 PM CDT

AMARILLO, Texas -

(AP) - A $1.6 billion transmission system designed to bring Panhandle wind energy to power-hungry Central Texas may not be large enough to export all electricity generated by the turbines.
    
The Amarillo Globe-News (http://bit.ly/1ez22A2 ) reports on Sunday the Energy Reliability Council of Texas is looking at options for transmitting more wind energy.
    
ERCOT is reviewing new wind farms that would be capable of producing more than 11,000 megawatts of electricity. About 3,500 megawatts of that is meant to provide energy to Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.
    
But the nearly completed transmission system can only handle about 2,500 megawatts.
    
A new study is looking at the possibility of building more transmission facilities that would handle at least another 5,000 megawatts of power.
    
ERCOT estimates it has sufficient capacity until about 2015.