Transcript of "2012 Reenergize the Americas 1A: Dennis Thomas"
Dennis L. Thomas, Ph. D. Co-Chair, Phase IEl Paso/ Southern New MexicoRegional Clean Energy Initiative
Renewable Energy Projects Currently in Operation 46 MW = $184 million (@ $4,000/kW)• El Paso Electric—31.9 MW• City of El Paso—12.71 MW• Housing Auth.,El Paso—185 kW• Ft. Bliss—1.2 MW• City of Las Cruces—172 kW• UTEP—186 kW• Franklin College—20 kW 2
Renewable Energy Projects Under Development 219 MW = $876 million (@ $4,000/kW)EPE 22 MW Solar Power Projects (Dona Ana County) 10 MW Chaparral Solar Field 12 MW Las Cruces Airport 2.5 MW Solar Project at Newman Generating Station 21 kW Solar Project in Van HornFt. Bliss and EPE 20 MW Solar Facility on Fort BlissFt. Bliss and City 140 MW Waste-to-Energy and Solar Thermal Plant 3
City of El Paso 1 MW landfill gas recovery on Clint Landfill 2-5 MW rooftop solar (3rd party PPA) 2 MW of rooftop solar at Airport Renewable energy incentive program - $1.25 million (solar rebates)City of Las Cruces 12 MW SunEdison solar project for EPE 400 kW expansion of F&A Dairy (cheese) solar projectWhite Sands Missile R. 4.5 MW Solar PV System at Missile Range Center (Siemens)NASA – White Sands 1-3 MW Solar PVEl Paso County 6 MW of ground and rooftop solar (PPA)UTEP 5.5 MW rooftop solar PV project 20 electric vehicle charging station projectsEl Paso Com. College Install additional solar panels at ATC (Building 2) 4
Proposed Projects1. Become a Net Solar Exporter2. Attract Solar Manufacturer to Region3. Learn from & Collaborate on Advanced Energy Economy4. Assist Military and Federal Facilities Achieve “Net Zero” Goals5. Recognition as Regional Renewable Energy Leader6. Prepare Study on Clean Energy Business Potential7. 10,000 DRG Solar Roof Initiative8. HUB-UTEP Incubator Programs9. Public Awareness and Feedback10. El Paso Solar Energy Association Initiative11. Establish a Renewable Energy Certification Center12. Ysleta Solar & Clean Energy Demo Project13. White Sands 40 MW Solar14. Develop Solar Canopies at Ports of Entry 5
Project: Help Establish a Solar CREZ ZoneConcept: The CREZ zones have been an effective way to get transmission built toaccess the rich wind resources in Texas. The last of the wind CREZ lines will becompleted in 2013. Texas is also rich in solar resources, especially in far WestTexas. Under this concept, interested groups would work to test the economicfeasibility of developing a CREZ zone for solar resources.Background: The cost of solar power has dropped significantly in the 2nd and 3rdquarters of 2012. Solar panels started 2012 above a dollar a watt, and nowaverage 84 cents a watt and are expected to go to 60 cents a watt. All in cost(installed cost) for large scale solar projects in far West Texas were $2.85 a wattthree months ago, and are currently being bid at $2.10 a watt.The rumored prices for the winning solar bids in the CPS Energy 400 MWsolicitation were mid $80 per MWh. By comparison, West Texas wind is beingpriced below $40 MWh, and coastal wind is being priced in the mid-$40’s MWh.Solar has the advantage of being coincident with peak usage.Conclusion: Within 3-5 years, solar will be a competitive resource in the bettersolar areas of Texas. There will be a demand for improved transmission to accessthat solar in far West Texas. 11
Program Overview (from PUC website)Description of CREZ: The utilities code section 39.904 in conjunction withSenate Bill 20 (2005) established Texass Renewable Energy Program anddirected the PUC to identify Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ). ACREZ is a geographic area where wind generation facilities will beconstructed. In 2008, PUC issued order 33672 designating five CREZs for thegeneration of wind power and defining the required transmission upgrades todeliver wind generated energy to Texas consumers.Transmission build-out program: The CREZ project is the PUC’s response to apublic mandate to increase renewable energy in Texas to serve the electricneeds of the state. The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 7 in1999, which restructured the state’s electric industry and allowedTransmission Service Providers (TSPs) to offer transmission services to otherutilities throughout Texas. Ultimately, the CREZ effort will significantlyincrease Texas’s current level of wind generation capacity to 18,456 MW. 12