Texas is quickly changing from the oil capital of North America to the wind power capital.
According to The New York Times on Saturday, the recent growth in wind power farms can account for more than 3 percent of the electricity in the state. "Enough to supply power to one million homes," said The New York Times.
With the continued crisis over greenhouse gases and foreign oil, wind turbines are appearing all over the country. "Installed wind capacity in the United States grew 45 percent last year," said The New York Times. The growing number of turbines is providing clean energy to American homes, and also surpassing European countries like Spain in the numbers according to The New York Times.
There are still issues to work out, however. "Though the gap is closing, electricity from wind remains costlier than that generated from fossil fuels," said The New York Times. "Wind power is intermittent and unpredictable, and the hottest days, when electricity is needed most, are usually not windy."
But with all the issues, wind power is getting cheaper, and experts are working on solutions.
Meanwhile, wind powered energy is still growing, providing a clean, renewable resource to Americans. "At the end of 2007, Texas ranked No. 1 in the nation with installed wind power of 4,356 megawatts (and 1,238 under construction), far outdistancing California’s 2,439 megawatts (and 165 under construction). Minnesota and Iowa came in third and fourth with almost 1,300 megawatts each (and 46 and 116 under construction, respectively)," said The New York Times.