Wind power accessible to most of Texas


Network transmission lines from Dallas to San Antonio are now fully operational, running 3,000 miles. This is part of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones initiative, a $6.8 billion effort that began in 2008, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle Longview Journal.

The power lines have the potential produce 18,500-MW of electricity and is designed to bring wind generated power to commercial and residential customers.

Texas leads the nation in wind power with 7,960 turbines, capable of generating between 1 and 4-MW of energy. The new transmission network allows 50 percent increase in capacity towards the power grid.

Texas Public Utilities Commission Spokesman, Terry Hadley, said Texas ratepayers can expect an increase of up to $7 added to their monthly bills in the coming years to help cover the cost of construction.

The transmission lines initially will carry about 11,000-MW of power, with more than 7,000- MW in additional capacity planned in the coming years, the report said.

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