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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.


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On This episode of "Texas Matters":

  • The Texas population boom.
  • The shrinking White population (9:00).
  • Wind power is clean, cheap and under attack (20:40).


The country’s fastest growing occupation is wind turbine technician, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — with numbers expected to more than double over the next decade.

So what does a wind turbine job entail? Where can you get training? And will the field continue to grow under the Trump administration?

The U.S. wind power industry is celebrating after reaching a new milestone in November: 70 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity.

"That's enough to power about 19 million homes," says Michael Goggin, senior director of research at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

There are more than 50,000 wind turbines operating across 40 states and Puerto Rico, according to the AWEA.

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This week on Fronteras: 

--Texas deer breeders worry they’ll be forced to destroy their herds after chronic wasting disease was discovered at one Hill Country ranch.

--Texas open carry advocates say the new laws don’t go far enough – they want guns in hospitals.

-- Texas generates more wind energy than any other state, but there are concerns the state will lose that distinction. Some power generators want to eliminate mandates that require utilities to produce a certain portion of their power using renewable energy.