Texas tops the nation in wind capacityTexas tops the nation in wind capacityhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=77042013-04-15T09:22:00Z2013-04-14T00:00:00Z

TEXAS - Wind energy in the U.S. topped all energy resources last year with 42 percent of all of the nation’s new electric generating capacity and setting a new installation record, according to a report by the American Wind Energy Association.

Over 6,700 wind turbines were erected last year, which is expected to produce enough energy to power about 3.5 million homes. Wind energy as a whole grew 28 percent in 2012. The 45,100 wind turbines finished last year can power 15.2 million homes.

Texas leads the nation in installed wind capacity, which grew 18 percent last year, adding more than 1,800 megawatts for a total of 12.2 gigawatts across more than 40 projects. Wind supplies 9.2 percent of all electricity generated in the state.

So far, about 9,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity have come online in West Texas, according to Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

West Texas alone has more than 2,000 wind turbines, and the number continues to increase as development costs fall and wind turbine technology improves — more than $1 billion in new investment is pending for 2013 construction.

A $7 billion grid expansion is taking place across West Texas, particularly in the Sweetwater vicinity, according to Greg Wortham, executive director of Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse.

Broadwind Energy announced it landed a $14 million order for towers from a U.S. wind turbine manufacturer. Broadwind will produce the towers at its Abilene facility with delivery scheduled for the second half of this year, according to John Segvich.

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