Despite Google's California Investment, Texas Still Wind Leader

There's word this week that Google is investing 55-million dollars in a California wind farm. It's the internet giant's first foray into renewable energy. Despite the investment, Texas is still the far and away leader in wind energy. Jack Williams reports.

wind energy Although it wasn't always this way, Texas is dominant when it comes to wind. In fact, California isn't even second on that's Iowa. Russell Smith is the executive director of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association. He says it's not really a competition now between Texas and California when it comes to wind.

"California was once the leader in wind back in the late 90's up to around 2000 or so and after Texas began kicking in, that faded for them. In fact, Texas today is pretty close to triple the amount of wind online that California has, so it is a friendly
competition but the distances between them and us are pretty large."

Smith says there is $5.5 billion worth of wind transmission projects under construction right now in West Texas.

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Jack Williams

Director of News Programming

News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...