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The American Wind Energy Association is holding its Windpower Conference in the state that leads the nation in wind installations. Texas will host the event later this month in Dallas. The group’s Denise Bode says Texas is also a manufacturing hub for the wind energy industry, which has created thousands of jobs.


“It’s so exciting and it’s great that it’s in Texas this year, because, of course, Texas actually put in more windpower last year than they have in the whole state of California, which used to be number one for many, many years. So, over 25,000 this year — people there — 1400 exhibits. Utility folks will be there this year that get involved in purchasing power. And we’ll have a job fair, which is really cool for people wanting to get a job in this industry with, you know, where you’ve got energy that won’t ever run out.”

The keynote speaker at the Wind Conference will be former President George W. Bush, who doesn’t take on that many speaking engagements.


“When he was governor, that was when the real changes occurred in electric generation and adding of renewable electricity to part of the state’s portfolio, so he actually has some first-hand experience in that era. And the president started off more on the oil and gas side — on the independent producer side — which was really the opportunity for young people when he was getting out of school. And now his nephew Pierce is actually in the wind business.”


Bode says one of the key elements to the state’s success in the wind industry was the adoption of a renewable portfolio standard in 1999. Efforts are underway in Congress to enact targets on a national level.

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