Texas panhandle's wind power capacity set to double over next two years

The wind power capacity in the Texas panhandle could double over the next two years as a mix of companies work to complete an estimated $3.3 billion of construction on wind power projects in the area, according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

The Globe-News reported the increase in projects was encouraged by the construction of new transmission lines. Cross Texas Transmission and Sharyland Utilities are close to finishing the construction of transmission lines that will take energy produced in the panhandle to other Texas cities, including Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston.

The area currently has around 1,500 MW of wind power capacity, according to the report, but that number will increase by 1,644 MW if current projects under contract are completed.

The estimated cost to complete the projects does not include construction of the facilities to connect the wind power projects and transmission lines, which the Globe-News said will cost millions of dollars. Currently most of the 1,500 MW produced in the area and eastern New Mexico is going into Xcel Energy lines, while new transmission lines will transmit the new wind power downstate.

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