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Could renewable technology reach the Gulf Coast?

Renewable energy is becoming a major driver for cities like Houston. It helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase grid capacity.

As of 3 p.m. on Friday, May 10, ERCOT reported that renewable sources such as nuclear, wind and solar power account for 52% of total energy demand. This number changes due to factors such as weather.

More renewable technologies may appear on the Texas coast in the coming years. In 2011, Eco-Wave Power floating units generating electricity near shore continue to be installed around the world.

This year, it will install its first U.S. buoys in the Port of Los Angeles, but CEO Inna Braverman anticipates they will appear on the Gulf Coast in the future.

I think it should definitely hit the Texas coast. We did a Shell-funded feasibility study with Shell on prime US coastal locations, and based on that study, we developed about seven locations in Texas where there are already breakwaters and where we could build power plants. Some of them are often megawatts, which is equivalent to 10,000 households,” Braverman said.

Given supply and demand issues during periods of extreme heat and cold in Texas, other factors will put strain on the grid in the future. Dr. Haris Krishnamoorthy of the University of Houston says there are two main factors.

“Mainly growth of industry and population. Texas is experiencing both! “ERCOT expects peak power demand to increase from approximately 90 GW (summer 2024) to approximately 150 GW (2030), which is a huge increase,” Krishnamoorthy said.

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