AMARILLO -- Wind is becoming more and more competitive with other sources of energy and that's good news for Texas, which leads the country in the industry. The state is first for installed energy capacity.
We have about 12,200 megawatts right now, and the closest states to us are California and Ohio, each with less than half of what Texas has.
The industry has flourished with the wind energy tax credit, which was up for expiration last December, but given a one year extension.
Making the process more efficient would lessen the need for that tax credit.
Of course, those in the industry would like to see the credit extended further out, but industry experts say that the momentum of the last few years of projects would reduce the blow taken, if it was dropped over time.
For wind energy to become more economical, the blades woudl need to be made more aerodynamic, and research has been going into that. Also, more low-use land would need to be available. Texas already has plenty of that, near the Gulf.
The state has a few places leased out for development off the coast but they are just in the planning stages; their future depends on the extension of the tax credit.
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