Life is full of competing priorities. If it isn't one thing, it's another. This New York Times article summarizes nicely what's going with wind energy in Texas. My home state is probably the best positioned in the U.S. to exploit wind. However, the Texas panhandle and West Texas have insufficient power transmission lines to transport the energy generated. They need a $5 billion infusion for that construction. Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy complains that Texas coastal wind turbines can interfere with their radar. Environmentalists don't like the wind turbines because they kill lots of birds. As fate would have it, birds use strong wind paths as migratory routes. And finally, wind turbine builders worry about the corrosive salt fogs of the coast and the frequent hurricanes.
In the past, Texas has been referred to as the Saudi Arabia of wind power in terms of potential ...read more