Texas Poses Billion Dollar Wind Power Plan

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Utilities in Texas are going ahead with a $4.9 billion plan to bring more wind power to the state.

Analysts say it's the biggest investment in renewable energy in U.S. history.

"We will add more wind than the 14 states following Texas combined," said Texas Public Utility Commision leader, Paul Hudson. "I think that's a very extraordinary achievement. Some think we haven't gone far enough, some think we've pushed too far."

The plan is to build power lines that would carry wind generated electricity from west Texas to Dallas and other urban areas.

Texas already leads the country in wind power, generating about 5,000 megawatts, but harnessing that power has been the problem.

A utility commissioner says the project will produce enough electricity for more than four million homes.

Supporters also predict the plan will encourage other wind power projects, as well as create jobs and reduce pollution.

Texans will bear the cost of construction the plan will produce over the next several years, seeing about a $3-$4 increase in their electric bill each month.

Source: Associated Press

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