The latest market report says Texas has almost 8,000 megawatts of wind power generating capacity — three times more than number two producer Iowa.Î¾ Kathy Belyeu is with the American Wind Energy Association.Î¾Î¾
"If Texas were an independent country, Texas would be sixth in the world in terms of installed capacity.Î¾ Texas has nearly 8,000 megawatt installed — 7,907.Î¾ 2008 was by far the biggest year in terms of new installations — nearly 85-hundred megawatts were brought on line, and just to put that in perspective, one megawatt provides enough power for 250 to 300 average U.S. homes."Î¾Î¾
Kansas and New York have joined nine states producing over 1,000 megawatts of capacity—the so-called "gigawatt" club.Î¾ Belyeu hopes Congress will establish a national renewable electricity standard patterned after Texas.
"So we want to take that success that we've seen in Texas and move it to a national level.Î¾ We're very supportive.Î¾ We think that it could provide the stability that this industry has been needing for a while, to really get us to a place where we're providing a respectable amount of the nation's electricity.Î¾ Right now, wind provides about 1.25 per cent of the nation's electricity.Î¾ There's nothing technologically standing in the way of wind providing 20 per cent of the nation's electricity within a generation."Î¾Î¾Î¾Î¾Î¾
The American Wind Energy Association's annual conference is set for Monday in Chicago, following record-breaking attendance at its meeting in Houston last year.Î¾
Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.