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Texas Wind Power Is Failing Right When the State Needs It Most

  • Turbines are generating 8% of installed available capacity
  • High-pressure system brings heat wave while depressing winds
Cattle graze near wind turbines in Sarita, Texas.
Cattle graze near wind turbines in Sarita, Texas.Photographer: Eddie Seal/Bloomberg

Wind power -- a key source of electricity in Texas -- is being sidelined just when the Lone Star State needs it most, with turbines generating less than a 10th of what they’re capable of. 

A scorching heat wave is pushing the Texas grid to the brink. Power demand is surging as people crank up air conditioners. But meanwhile, wind speeds have fallen to extremely low levels, and that means the state’s fleet of turbines is at just 8% of their potential output.