Well, okay. I still really like the potential to have Dallas emerge as the "Houston" of companies which generate energy from renewable sources - like Mesa Power. Anyway....
Originally Posted by Trae
Dallas Morning News: Texas PUC OKs $4.93B in wind power transmission lines
10:38 PM CDT on Thursday, July 17, 2008
By ERIC TORBENSON / The Dallas Morning News
Texas cemented its role as the nation's top wind power producer Thursday when the Public Utility Commission authorized nearly $5 billion of new transmission lines.
The commission told its staff to create the order picking the middle scenario out of five to harness the wind. A lattice of wires will connect West Texas' and the Panhandle's fast-growing wind farms to power-hungry cities to the east and southeast. Texas already generates nearly 7,000 megawatts of wind, the most of any state, and the new lines will boost that by 18,456 megawatts.
The state next needs to choose who builds the expensive lines and how quickly; Mr. Hudson, who will leave the commission in a few weeks, guessed that much of the benefits of harnessing more wind could be here by 2012 or 2013.