Best Thinker: Getting Electricity into Homes (2011)

Wind Power in Texas

Hard as it may be to believe, Texas is actually on the green cutting-edge when it comes to providing electricity, thanks to its enthusiastic adoption of wind power. The blustery, abandoned Panhandle is tailor-made for windmills, but other areas of the state are just as perfect. The world's largest windmill farm is a billion-dollar operation with more than 600 huge turbines in Nolan County (county seat: Sweetwater). The biggest problem is getting the electricity into homes: building the power lines. (If there were a cheap and efficient way to store the power until it was needed, that would help, too.) Wind power is growing, and Texas is leading the way.


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