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Texas is the biggest wind energy state in the US

It might come as some surprise to learn that Texas, that oil industry stronghold, is the leader in wind power generation in the US. Existing facilities there are capable of generating over 9,410MW of energy from the wind, almost two and a half times that of the state with the next highest capacity, Iowa (3,870 MW).

Of course, capacity isn’t always equal to actual energy generated. On Friday, March 5th, wind turbines in Texas broke a new record, generating 6,772MW, or 19% of the state’s total energy generated that day–and while this is a very impressive number, it falls well short of capacity. The state is still trying to find efficient ways to transmit energy to the grid–some days, wind turbines must be shut down as transmission wires can’t carry all the energy being produced. The state has approved a plan for a $5 billion expansion and improvement of the grid over the next several years.

(via Inhabitat)

March 17, 2010 - Posted by | FKP |

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