Wind energy promises new revenue source for landowners in sparsely …

August 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Here is a “good-news” press release from the U.S. Department of Energy about the burgeoning wind energy industry in Texas. It seems that the Lone Star State has the greatest upside potential of any state when it comes to generating additional electricity through this “clean” source of energy.

What the press release does not say is that wind energy has become a godsend for rural Texas. Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, the long march of urbanization and demise of most family farms and ranches has brought decay to rural Texas. The huge windmills you now see dominating the landscape in parts of West and North Texas have become the latest hope for many landowners who lease their property to energy companies.

The folks in rural Texas — particularly sparsely populated West Texas — have been on a perpetual search for new revenue streams for decades. In the 1990s, Texas lawmakers representing rural interests successfully persuaded the Texas prison system to build new units throughout West Texas. The result was new jobs and increased economic activity.

Now, let’s hope that the additional wind energy added to the mix of coal, natural gas, hydroelectric and nuclear will help drive down — or at least stabilize — electricity prices for those of us in the cities.


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