Texas is looking to remain the energy hub of the U.S. in the renewable era by pioneering wind and solar production. Could Texas, a state synonymous with Big Oil, wind up leading a renewable energy revolution? According to the Texans that were interviewed by Voice of America in an article, the answer is yes, especially when it comes to wind and solar power.
Evolution of Wind Companies to Include Solar and Wind
Andy Bowman, chairman of Pioneer Green Energy stated, “A lot of wind companies have evolved to include solar and wind because solar has become so cheap. It is quite competitive with not only wind, but with fossil [fuel] generation.”
Jennifer Ronk, a renewable energy expert at the Houston Advanced Research Center echoed this point of view, “There is a lot of research being done, a lot of development being done,” she argued. “I think it is going to be interesting to see what happens in the next three to five years.” She added, “I don’t think the world is going to shut off all major power plants everywhere and run everything on solar. That’s not where we are going long-term. I think there is a mix of solutions that are going to be the optimal outcome.”
The Notion that Texas Might Become a Hub for Renewable Energy
While it may come as a surprise, the notion that Texas might become a hub for renewable energy innovation isn’t all that new. As Forbes noted in October of 2016, Texas — which produces 37 percent of America’s crude oil and 28 percent of its natural gas — has more than 10,000 wind turbines, which allows it to produce more power from wind than the combined power produced by 25 other states from all energy sources. The Wall Street Journal similarly reported last year that Texas expects more than 10,000 megawatts of solar-generating capacity to be installed across the state by 2029, which is almost the size of all the operational solar farms in the U.S. today.
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