Wind capacity is estimated to overtake coal capacity in ERCOT given recent retirement announcements and planned additions

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October 13, 2017

chart showing projected wind and coal capacity in ERCOT for 2018


New coal retirements announced by Luminant (Big Brown and Sandow plants) means ERCOT will soon lose significant coal generation capacity. At the same time, wind capacity is expected to increase by nearly 4,000 MW by 2018, meaning wind capacity will soon exceed coal capacity in Texas. Given current capacity factors for the respective technologies, it’s conceivable that energy generation from wind could possibly overtake coal in the near future.

For more, contact Dr. Joshua Rhodes, research fellow at UT Austin’s Energy Institute: or @joshdr83

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