Texas Wind Farms Generate So Much Power Utilities Are Giving Electricity Away for Free

Written by on November 16, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 8 Comments


By Lorraine Chow | Eco Watch

Did you know that Texas, a state known for its lucrative oil and gas industry, is actually thelargest wind power producer in the country? It now appears that wind farms are cranking out so much excess energy, that utilities are giving this renewable energy source to customers for free.

The New York Times reports that thousands of customers in the state are paying zero for their electricity needs between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., saving $40 or $50 a month during the peak summer season.

The Times writes:

“TXU’s free overnight plan, which is coupled with slightly higher daytime rates, is one of dozens that have been offered by more than 50 retail electricity companies in Texas over the last three years with a simple goal: for customers to turn down the dials when wholesale prices are highest and turn them back up when prices are lowest.”

The newspaper describes, for instance, that Dallas residents are waiting until after 9 p.m. to run the washing machine and dishwasher so it costs them nothing. One resident even unplugs her appliances when she goes to work in the morning then plugs them back in at 9 p.m.

Here’s a commercial from utility company boasting its free electricity at night.


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  1. 1093317894026156@facebook.com' Rob Burton says:

    Now, this is news !

  2. 1093317894026156@facebook.com' Rob Burton says:

    Why can’t the BC Province give back to the public a little, since we sell a lot of our power to the US. And in some cases loose the collections ? Why not invest in our own economy ?

  3. 930246983697308@facebook.com' Hilaire Pace O'Shea says:

    how long are the oil companies going to tolerate this?

  4. 952948631415709@facebook.com' Stuart Haste says:

    Unfortunately No. The Arseholes who control the goverments are to greedy to stop the oil and go green.

  5. 1645482499049954@facebook.com' Kerry Kinyon says:

    Bull, nothing is free.

  6. 903988916305202@facebook.com' James Conn says:

    It’s fantastic, I pray that the wind farms can be set up so as to minimize the impact on birds and wildlife.

  7. 132823023741944@facebook.com' Tony Godwin Jr. says:

    No.. until we all stop driving fossil fuel vehicles. I’m positive there is bigger engines to be built and more hp within clean energy for most is unimaginable. We shall have it.

  8. 1523120241340922@facebook.com' Jim Campbell says:

    This is very cool but the big oil and feds aint going to put up wt it ! And how much space are we talkin abt

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