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Texas might see wind power slowdown

Texas, which produces more energy than any other U.S. state, may see a slowdown in expanding wind generation this year and in 2010 as low natural-gas prices make new plants less profitable, state utility regulator Barry Smitherman said.

Texas, which produces more energy than any other U.S. state, may see a slowdown in expanding wind generation this year and in 2010 as low natural-gas prices make new plants less profitable, state utility regulator Barry Smitherman said.

Wind-farm developers are also discouraged by the lack of sufficient transmission lines linking the state's windiest areas with customers, Smitherman, chairman of the Texas Public Utility Commission, said in a telephone interview Thursday. Texas plans to build lines able to handle an additional 18,456 megawatts of capacity by the end of 2013.


Texas, which produces more energy than any other U.S. state, may see a slowdown in expanding wind generation this year and in 2010 as low natural-gas prices make new plants less profitable, state utility regulator Barry Smitherman said.

Wind-farm developers are also discouraged by the lack of sufficient transmission lines linking the state's windiest areas with customers, Smitherman, chairman of the Texas Public Utility Commission, said in a telephone interview Thursday. Texas plans to build lines able to handle an additional 18,456 megawatts of capacity by the end of 2013.



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OCT 16 2009
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