State Wind Energy Statistics: Texas
June 3, 2013
Texas is the national leader in wind energy - with more installed capacity, more wind turbines and more jobs than any other state. The wind energy industry in Texas has created thousands of jobs and provided billions of dollars in economic benefits.
Wind Projects in Texas
- Installed Wind Capacity: 12,214 megawatts (MW). State Rank: Texas ranks 1st for total MW installed
- Number of Wind Turbines: 7,690 turbines. State Rank: Texas ranks 2nd for number of utility-scale wind turbines
- Wind Projects Online: 116 wind projects. State Rank: Texas is home to 6 of the 10 largest wind farms in the U.S.
- Wind Capacity Added in 2012: 1825.9 MW State Rank:Texas ranked 1st for 2012 installations.
- Wind Capacity Added in 2011: 296.9 MW
- Wind Capacity in Queue: 20,147 MW on ERCOT
Current Wind Generation
- Percentage of Texas' electricity provided by wind in 2012: 7.4 percent. On ERCOT, the main Texas grid, wind energy provided 9.2% of 2012 electricity
- Equivalent number of homes Texas wind farms now power: over 3.3 million average American homes
- On May 2, 2013 wind generation hit a record 9,674 MW or 28% of ERCOT's load
Wind Generation Potential
- According to data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Texas' onshore wind potential at 80 meters hub height is 1,901,530 MW. State Rank: Texas has the best wind resource in the U.S
- This means that wind power is capable of meeting more than 18 times the state's current electricity needs
Jobs & Economic Benefits
An investment in wind power is an investment in jobs, including jobs in operations and maintenance, construction, manufacturing and many support sectors. In addition, wind power projects produce lease payment for landowners and increase the tax base of communities.
- Total direct and indirect jobs support in 2012: >10,000. State Rank: Texas ranks 1st for number of wind-related jobs
- Capital investment: approximately $23 billion dollars have been invested in Texas wind projects
- Annual land lease payments: over $38 million
The wind industry has over 550 manufacturing facilities producing products for the wind industry that range from blade, tower and turbine nacelle assembly facilities to raw component suppliers including fiberglass and steel.
- Number of manufacturing facilities in Texas: 45 facilities
- The state is home to turbine manufacturers DeWind and Alstom, blade manufacturer Molded Fiber Glass and several tower manufactuers in addition to numerous component suppliers
Environmental Benefits of Wind Power
Generating wind power creates no emissions and uses virtually no water.
- The water consumption savings from wind projects in Texas total more than 8.1 billion gallons of water per year
- The wind power installed in Texas will avoid 22 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent of taking over 3,90,000 cars off the road
Texas established a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in 1999 and it was amended in 2005. The current RPS provisions require 5,880 MW of renewable energy by 2015. The state also has a target of reaching 10,000 MW of renewable capacity by 2025, a target that the wind energy industry met in 2010.
Note: Calculations based on national and state averages