Texas Goes Big Again–With Wind

From the National Academy of Sciences:

Texas utility regulators announced the largest renewable-energy investment in the U.S. when they recently approved a $4.9 billion plan that will build extensive transmission lines to carry wind-generated electricity from remote western parts of the state to urban centers like Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.

Since 1999, Texas has gone from producing approximately 7 percent of the wind-generated electricity in the U.S. to 26 percent by installing more than 4,100 megawatts of capacity in that time frame.

The state’s goals are to develop renewable energy resources and decrease dependence on fossil fuels, reduce carbon emissions, and surpass environmental requirements for the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standards. By 2013, when it’s estimated the transmission lines will be completed, the public utility officials hope to be able to transmit upwards of 18,000 megawatts of electricity derived from wind energy throughout the state.

First Pickens, now this. In fact…do you suppose there’s a link between this and Pickens?

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