Powering Texas. a coalition to promote sustainable electricity generation throughout Texas, recently launched, focusing on educating Texans on wind energy.
According to a press release from the organization, Texas is the number one energy consumer in the country. In 2017, wind energy supplied nearly 15 percent of all Texas electricity as well as 1/4 of the national total. Additionally, if a country, Texas would rank eighth in the world in total wind energy generation.
“Wind power has become an invaluable tool in the rural economic development space in Texas — creating jobs and generating revenue streams for rural Texans that strengthen our communities and provide needed economic opportunities for landowners and local school districts,” said Scott Dunaway, spokesperson for Powering Texas. “Powering Texas is advocating for the continued expansion of an electric generation fleet that reliably and sustainably powers Texans’ homes, businesses and communities for the future.”
As the top wind energy producer in the country, Texas shows how the industry transforms communities. There has been more than $42 billion invested across the state and more than 24,000 jobs created.
“The wind energy industry has proven time and again to be valuable in South Texas, from its investment in our schools and community to the creation of steady jobs around the area,” said Sergio Contreras, president and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership. “We’re proud to support wind power and its continued expansion here in the Valley and across the state.”