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Texas Leads The Country In Wind Power Capacity

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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.

According to various sources, the renewable resource provided between 14 and 17 percent of all in-state energy production last year, with potential for more capacity through projects in progress. 

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?


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.