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Texas and Oklahoma lead the nation in wind power ... (One megawatt can power 200 homes on a hot Texas day.) Wind in 2017 provided more than 17 percent of the state's power, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state's grid overseer.


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By Ryan Maye Handy February 2, 2018 Updated: February 3, 2018 11:11am 20, 2012, in Fort Stockton. After cutting its solar program last year, BP is beefing up its investments into wind energy and recently launched its fourth Texas wind farm, in Fort StocktonOn 20,000 acres in Pecos County, the Sherbino II farm has 60 wind turbines to generate enough electricity to power more than 175,000 homes. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle ) Photo: Michael Paulsen / © 2012 Houston Chronicle" class="landscape" /> 20, 2012, in Fort Stockton. After cutting its solar program last year, BP is beefing up its investments into wind energy and recently launched its fourth Texas wind farm, in Fort StocktonOn 20,000 acres in Pecos County, the Sherbino II farm has 60 wind turbines to generate enough electricity to power more than 175,000 homes. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle ) Photo: Michael Paulsen, Staff / © 2012 Houston Chronicle" class="landscape" /> 10, 2016, in Houston( Mark Mulligan / Houston Chronicle ) Photo: Mark Mulligan, Staff / © 2016 Houston Chronicle" class="portrait" /> 20, 2012, in Fort Stockton. After cutting its solar program last year, BP is beefing up its investments into wind energy and recently launched its fourth Texas wind farm, in Fort StocktonOn 20,000 acres in Pecos County, the Sherbino II farm has 60 wind turbines to generate enough electricity to power more than 175,000 homes. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle )"> 20, 2012, in Fort Stockton. After cutting its solar program last year, BP is beefing up its investments into wind energy and recently launched its fourth Texas wind farm, in Fort StocktonOn 20,000 acres in Pecos County, the Sherbino II farm has 60 wind turbines to generate enough electricity to power more than 175,000 homes. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle )"> 10, 2016, in Houston( Mark Mulligan / Houston Chronicle )"> Photo: Michael Paulsen Image 1of/3 CaptionClose Image 1 of 3 A thick cloud of fog and morning light engulfs several 285ft tall 2.5 MW Clipper wind turbines at the BP Sherbino Mesa II Wind Farm, Monday, Feb20, 2012, in Fort Stockton. After cutting its solar program last year, BP is beefing up its investments into wind energy and recently launched its fourth Texas wind farm, in Fort StocktonOn 20,000 acres in Pecos County, the Sherbino II farm has 60 wind turbines to generate enough electricity to power more than 175,000 homes. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle ) less A thick cloud of fog and morning light engulfs several 285ft tall 2.5 MW Clipper wind turbines at the BP Sherbino Mesa II Wind Farm, Monday, Feb20, 2012, in Fort Stockton. After cutting its solar program ..more Photo: Michael Paulsen Image 2 of 3 The sun sets behind several 285ft tall 2.5 MW Clipper wind turbines at the BP Sherbino Mesa II Wind Farm, Monday, Feb20, 2012, in Fort Stockton. After cutting its solar program last year, BP is beefing up its investments into wind energy and recently launched its fourth Texas wind farm, in Fort StocktonOn 20,000 acres in Pecos County, the Sherbino II farm has 60 wind turbines to generate enough electricity to power more than 175,000 homes. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle ) less The sun sets behind several 285ft tall 2.5 MW Clipper wind turbines at the BP Sherbino Mesa II Wind Farm, Monday, Feb20, 2012, in Fort Stockton. After cutting its solar program last year, BP is beefing up ..more Photo: Michael Paulsen, Staff Image 3 of 3 New Houston Chronicle reporter Ryan Handy photographed in Chronicle photo studio, Thursday, Nov10, 2016, in Houston( Mark Mulligan / Houston Chronicle ) New Houston Chronicle reporter Ryan Handy photographed in Chronicle photo studio, Thursday, Nov10, 2016, in Houston( Mark Mulligan / Houston Chronicle ) Photo: Mark Mulligan, Staff /**/ Wind goes 2 different ways in Oklahoma and Texas 1 / 3 Back to Gallery Texas and Oklahoma lead the nation in wind power, topping the charts in total wind power capacity, capacity added last year and capacity expected to come online in the futureBut in terms of political climate and industry incentives, the two states and their entrenched oil and gas cultures could not be more different. /**/ document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', function() { try { ens_countImpression('Most Popular','impression','most_popular|most_popular|0'); } catch(err) { console.error(err); } }, false); Most Popular 1 Chef Paul Qui faces trial; Houston diners face a choice 2 Carranza's management plan violates Houston ISD's own policy 3 After Harvey's floods, Friendswood will allow residents to... 4 For governor 5 Khator's climb 6 Rockets could trade for depth as insurance against injuries A new generation of hair restoration may help you beat your... If Texas were a country, it would be a world leader when it comes to wind power capacity, which rose to more than 20,600 megawatts last fall, officially surpassing the state's coal-fired generating capacity(One megawatt can power 200 homes on a hot Texas day.) Wind in 2017 provided more than 17 percent of the state's power, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state's grid overseer. It's easier to permit wind projects in Texas than in places like California or New York, in large part because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has no authority over most of Texas' electricity grid, sparing wind developers the need to gain federal permitsLarge-scale wind and solar projects are eligible for state tax abatements - up to 80 percent for 10 years - while a 2005 law to extend transmission lines to rural renewable energy projects and connect them to population centers made the projects even more economically attractive. But in Oklahoma, which has the nation's second highest wind power capacity at 7,495 megawatts, all state tax incentives for the industry have been rolled back in the wake of a state budget crisisOklahoma is facing budget gaps of $600 million this year and $878 million next year, and lawmakers are striking deals with private industries to increase taxes and fill state coffers. #traductor { margin-bottom:15px; } #traductor >img { width:100%; } #traductor p { width: 100%; } .right{ text-align:right; } #google_translate_element { border-bottom: 5px solid #ccc; padding-bottom:20px; } Translator To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. function googleTranslateElementInit() { new google.translate.TranslateElement({pageLanguage: 'en', includedLanguages: 'ar,es,ur,vi,zh-CN,zh-TW', layout: google.translate.TranslateElement.InlineLayout.SIMPLE, gaTrack: true, gaId: 'UA-1616916-24'}, 'google_translate_element'); }

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