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Texas Leading the Way in Wind Energy

Texas has become the first U.S. state to pass the 10,000 megawatt mark for installed wind capacity. Andrew Schneider has the story.



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wind energyIn its annual market report, the American Wind Energy Association says that Texas reached 10,085 megawatts at the end of last year.

“In fact, if Texas were a country, it would be number six in the world in terms of installed megawatts of wind projects.”

Rob Gramlich is the association’s senior vice president for public policy. Gramlich credits the Texas Public Utility Commission’s focus on building out transmission lines for the state’s leading position.

By contrast, he cites the lack of predictable federal policies for a nationwide, 50% drop in wind power installations between 2009 and 2010.

“Investors trying to put up a new manufacturing facility to employ four or five hundred people, they need to know what the market might be more than just a year or two in the future. They’re looking at five or ten years.”

China passed the U.S. to become the world’s leading wind power market in 2010, just two years after the U.S. took the top spot from Germany.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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