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Demand fans wind energy

Texas now ranks second in wind energy produced each year, trailing only California in the amount of the renewable resource, Texas Railroad Commissioner Victor Carrillo said in San Angelo this week.

If you have driven to Abilene lately on U.S. Highway 277, you'll see why. The wind turbines seem to be everywhere.

Constantly growing demands for energy around the world could be one of the biggest challenges for the U.S. in the next century, and Texas is leading the push for new energy sources, Carrillo said.

''This is a key time in the (energy) sector here in Texas,'' he said. ''In the U.S. and globally, the public is just now starting to realize how energy affects our daily lives in a real way.''

It's not just wind. Traditional sources are booming, too. Texas saw 20-year highs in drilling permits - 17,000 - and drilling completions - 11,000 - in 2005, Carrillo said. Texas accounts for 49 percent of the oil drilled in the U.S. and 75 percent of the natural gas.

The estimated value of oil and gas production in the state last year was $60 billion, he said.

Carrillo is originally from Abilene. His in-laws, Jean and Jasper McClellan, are San Angelo residents. Carrillo spoke at a meeting of the San Angelo Pachyderm Club, a Republican organization.

The name, Texas Railroad Commission, is actually a misnomer today. Once the state's leading railroad authority, the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
If you have driven to Abilene lately on U.S. Highway 277, you'll see why. The wind turbines seem to be everywhere.

Constantly growing demands for energy around the world could be one of the biggest challenges for the U.S. in the next century, and Texas is leading the push for new energy sources, Carrillo said.

''This is a key time in the (energy) sector here in Texas,'' he said. ''In the U.S. and globally, the public is just now starting to realize how energy affects our daily lives in a real way.''

It's not just wind. Traditional sources are booming, too. Texas saw 20-year highs in drilling permits - 17,000 - and drilling completions - 11,000 - in 2005, Carrillo said. Texas accounts for 49 percent of the oil drilled in the U.S. and 75 percent of the natural gas.

The estimated value of oil and gas production in the state last year was $60 billion, he said.

Carrillo is originally from Abilene. His in-laws, Jean and Jasper McClellan, are San Angelo residents. Carrillo spoke at a meeting of the San Angelo Pachyderm Club, a Republican organization.

The name, Texas Railroad Commission, is actually a misnomer today. Once the state's leading railroad authority, the commission released its last vestige in the railroad industry in October. Carrillo said he would like to see the name changed, although it would take legislative action to do so.

Texas is the No. 1 energy-producing state in the nation, and it's also the leading energy consumer. By 2025, it's estimated the state will use 30 percent more energy than it does today, Carrillo said.

That's why Texas should build its renewable energy portfolio, such as bio-mass and solar power, and especially wind, Carrillo said.


Source: http://www.sanangelostandar...

APR 15 2006
http://www.windaction.org/posts/2159-demand-fans-wind-energy
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