With at least 12,750 turbines, the state of Texas ranks first in the U.S. for installed wind capacity, measured at over 23,200 MW in 2017.
Electricity from wind power is harnessed through giant telltale turbines often seen on rural farm land. Large propellers spin around a rotor, which generates energy that is transformed for use in traditional power grids.
San Antonio is one of the country's largest municipal wind buyers. Wind farms in West Texas and the Gulf Coast are capable of generating enough electricity to power around 240,000 homes.
How does energy sourced from wind farms get to cities like San Antonio? Why is wind power so successful in Texas? Should the state invest more in this renewable resource? Are there any downsides to harnessing wind energy?
What is the future of wind energy in Texas?
- Cris Eugster, chief operating officer for CPS Energy
- Chris Pattison, graduate advisor and instructor at the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University
- Joshua Rhodes, research associate at the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin
- Bill Peacock, vice president of research at the Texas Public Policy Foundation