Chicago may be known as the windy city, but Texas is increasingly becoming the wind-powered state. With the largest wind-generation capacity in the country and wind speeds reaching 80 miles per hour in some areas, Texas is increasingly building and operating wind turbines to power the grid. Smart grid technologies that could make wind more dispatchable were investigated by the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET), located in Austin, Texas.
CCET is a consortium of state utilities, technology companies and universities established in 2005. The project was awarded $13.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, for a total project value of $27.1 million. CCET is demonstrating the technical and business feasibility of existing and new technologies that can integrate wind power into the state's grid, managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The project, Discovery Across Texas, affects 24 million customers throughout the state.