The wind farms along Texas' Gulf Coast reduced the impact of the state's recent power crisis, illustrating the benefits of wind power in a large utility system, according to Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. The crisis revealed several lessons: wind power enhances a grid's reliability, conventional power plants can't operate all the time, wind farms that are dispersed are more dependable, and output from offshore and coastal wind farms can meet peak demand during summer, Bode writes.

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