Move over east coast New York and west coast California, Texas leads the country in wind energy. Texas produces the most wind power in the nation, accounting for nearly 28 percent of the nation’s wind power in September alone.
Wind power recently surpassed 100 GW of installed capacity nationwide, with approximately one-quarter of that hailing from Texas.
Greg Alvarez, spokesperson for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), is encouraged to see innovative wind turbines now drive about one-fifth of all energy production statewide.
Unlike other energy sources, Alvarez appreciates how wind energy benefits the community across the board, creating tens of thousands of jobs and saving millions of gallons of water each year.
The Lone Star State has suffered through years of drought, but Alvarez explains wind turbines generate the same amount of electricity power as fossil fuel, while using virtually no water in the process.
“Were you to generate the amount of power that wind turbines generate with conventional power plants, coal plants, gas plants, the conventional power plants need an enormous amount of water to cool them,” he notes. “We find it to be [impactful] in states that have a large wind footprint like Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, states that frequently have issues with drought.”
EWEA reports wind power resulted in annual state water consumption savings amounting to 26 billion gallons or the equivalent number of more than 196 billion water bottles saved in 2018. The EWEA also reports 54 million metric tons of state carbon dioxide emissions were avoided, or the equivalent of emissions from 11.5 million cars.