Thousands of MWs of capacity in the works in the ERCOT region

A report issued Dec. 15 by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, called “Capacity, Demand and Reserves (CDR) in the ERCOT Region, 2017-2026,” shows thousands of MWs of new capacity that has lately gone into operation or is in development.

Since the release of the May 2016 CDR report, resources totaling 2,684 MW have been approved by ERCOT for commercial operations. Wind and solar resource installed capacity represents 1,652 MW of this total, translating to an expected summer peak capacity contribution of 485 MW. Planned resources that became newly eligible for inclusion in this CDR report total 2,470 MW of installed capacity, including 1,773 MW of wind resources and 698 MW of solar resources.

The following Planned Resources have been moved to Operational Status since the release of the May 2016 version of the CDR report:

  • SKY GLOBAL POWER ONE A, Colorado County, Gas, South Zone, 26.7 MW installed capacity;
  • SKY GLOBAL POWER ONE B, Colorado County, Gas, South Zone, 26.7 MW installed capacity;
  • ANTELOPE IC 1, Hale County, Gas, West Zone, 56 MW installed capacity;
  • ANTELOPE IC 2, Hale County, Gas, West Zone, 56 MW installed capacity;
  • ANTELOPE IC 3, Hale County, Gas, West Zone, 56 MW installed capacity;
  • ELK STATION CTG 1, Hale County, Gas, West Zone, 195 MW installed capacity;
  • ELK STATION CTG 2, Hale County, Gas, West Zone, 195 MW installed capacity;
  • ELK STATION CTG 3, Hale County, Gas, West Zone, 195 MW installed capacity;
  • REDGATE A, Hidalgo County, Gas, South Zone, 56.3 MW installed capacity;
  • REDGATE B, Hidalgo County, Gas, South Zone, 56.3 MW installed capacity;
  • REDGATE C, Hidalgo County, Gas, South Zone, 56.3 MW installed capacity;
  • REDGATE D, Hidalgo County, Gas, South Zone, 56.3 MW installed capacity;
  • DOUG COLBECK’S CORNER (CONWAY) A, Carson County, Wind, Panhandle Zone, 100.2 MW installed capacity;
  • DOUG COLBECK’S CORNER (CONWAY) B, Carson County, Wind, Panhandle Zone, 100.2 installed capacity;
  • GUNSIGHT MOUNTAIN WIND, Howard County, Wind, West Zone, 119.9 MW installed capacity;
  • LOS VIENTOS IV WIND, Starr County, Wind, South Zone, 200 MW installed capacity;
  • LOS VIENTOS V WIND, Starr County, Wind, South Zone, 110 MW installed capacity;
  • SOUTH PLAINS WIND II A, Floyd County, Wind, Panhandle Zone, 148.5 MW installed capacity;
  • SOUTH PLAINS WIND II B, Floyd County, Wind, Panhandle Zone, 151.8 MW installed capacity;
  • WAKE WIND 1, Dickens County, Wind, Panhandle Zone, 114.9 MW installed capacity;
  • WAKE WIND 2, Dickens County, Wind, Panhandle Zone, 142.3 MW installed capacity;
  • BAFFIN WIND UNIT1, Kenedy County, Wind, Coastal Zone, 100 MW installed capacity;
  • BAFFIN WIND UNIT2, Kenedy County, Wind, Coastal Zone, 102 MW installed capacity;
  • OCI ALAMO 7 (PAINT CREEK), Haskell County, Solar, West Zone, 104.5 MW installed capacity;
  • RE ROSEROCK SOLAR 1, Pecos County, Solar, West Zone, 78.8 MW installed capacity; and
  • RE ROSEROCK SOLAR 2, Pecos County, Solar, West Zone, 78.8 MW installed capacity.

The following Planned Resources have finalized the necessary agreements and permits to be added to the Dec. 15 edition of the CDR report:

  • CANADIAN BREAKS WIND, Oldham County, Wind, Panhandle Zone, commercial operations in 2017, 201 MW installed capacity;
  • SALT FORK WIND EXPANSION, Carson County, Wind, Panhandle Zone, commercial in 2017, 24 MW installed capacity;
  • CHOCOLATE BAYOU, Brazoria County, Wind, Coastal Zone, commercial in 2018 150 MW installed capacity;
  • GOODNIGHT WIND, Armstrong County, Wind, Panhandle Zone, commercial in 2018, 500 MW installed capacity;
  • DERMOTT WIND 1, Scurry County, Wind, West Zone, commercial in 2017, 250 MW installed capacity;
  • COYOTE WIND, Scurry County, Wind, West Zone, commercial in 2018, 250 MW installed capacity;
  • BEARKAT WIND A, Glasscock County, Wind, West, commercial in 2017, 197 MW installed capacity;
  • INFINITY LIVE OAK WIND, Schleicher County, Wind, West Zone, commercial in 2017, 200.6 MW installed capacity;
  • BNB LAMESA SOLAR B, Dawson County, Solar, West Zone, commercial in 2018, 97.5 MW installed capacity;
  • RE MAPLEWOOD 2A SOLAR, Pecos County, Solar, West Zone, commercial in 2018, 100 MW installed capacity;
  • RE MAPLEWOOD 2A SOLAR, Pecos County, Solar, West Zone, commercial in 2018, 100 MW installed capacity;
  • RE MAPLEWOOD 2B SOLAR, Pecos County, Solar, West Zone, commercial in 2019, 200 MW installed capacity;
  • RE MAPLEWOOD 2C SOLAR, Pecos County, Solar, West Zone, commercial in 2020, 100 MW installed capacity; and
  • RE MAPLEWOOD 2D SOLAR, Pecos County, Solar, West Zone, commercial in 2020, 100 MW installed capacity.
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