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Texas Approves a $4.93 Billion Wind-Power Project


By Kate Galbraith
International Herald Tribune
July 20, 2008


Texas regulators have approved a $4.93 billion wind-power transmission project,
providing a major lift to the development of wind energy in the state.

The planned web of transmission lines will carry electricity from remote western
parts of the state to major population centers like Dallas, Houston, Austin and
San Antonio. The lines can handle 18,500 megawatts of power, enough for 3.7
million homes on a hot day when air-conditioners are running.

The project will ease a bottleneck that has become a major obstacle to
development of the wind-rich Texas Panhandle and other areas suitable for wind
generation.

Texas is already the largest producer of wind power, with 5,300 installed
megawatts more than double the installed capacity of California, the next
closest state. And Texas is fast expanding its capacity.

"This project will almost put Texas ahead of Germany in installed wind," said
Greg Wortham, executive director of the West Texas Wind Energy Consortium.

 

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