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State cements renewable energy lead

Wind farm near Fluvanna, Texas
Wind farm near Fluvanna, Texas
Robert J. Sharpe

It’s no secret that Texas currently leads the nation in the amount of electricity generated from wind energy, but a recent report by the US Department of Energy shows that the state generates a disproportionate share of the country’s renewable energy from all sources other than hydroelectric.

The report, which covers the month of June, 2010 shows that Texas was responsible for approximately 19% of all electricity generated from renewable sources in all 50 states. What’s more, the state showed growth in generation of 54% vs. the same month in 2009. That compares favorably to national growth in renewables of just 23% over the same period.

In addition to dramatic growth in the state’s wind portfolio, Texas is also a leading producer of electricity from biomass, solar and geothermal sources. In spite of a national slowdown in wind generation projects, the state projects additional gains in 2010 and 2011, with full integration of two south Texas wind projects and the state’s first offshore project near Galveston, which will begin to come online next year.

The news isn’t all good for the state, though. Because Texans use far more electricity than residents of any other state, the percentage of electricity generated from wind in the state remains stubbornly low, at just 3%.

For more information:

US DOE Energy Information Administration
Galveston offshore wind update


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