Texas beefing up transmission lines for additional wind power

The Texas Public Utility Commission has just approved the construction of almost five billion dollars worth of electricity transmission lines in order to carry power generated by new wind power farms in West Texas and the Texas Panhandle to the more populated parts of the state like Austin, Dallas, and Houston.

The new power lines, when complete, will be able to carry a total of 18,456 megawatts of electricty. Texas currently is the leading wind power producing state in the US at 5,300 installed megawatts, and additional wind farms are expected to come on line over the next several years, including the T. Boone Pickens windfarm that will generate close to 4,000 megawatts when completed in 2014.

via: Environmental News Service

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