Texas approves new wind power project

July 17, 2008 9:17:59 AM PDT
Texas utility officials have given preliminary approval to building billions of dollars worth of transmission lines to bring wind energy from gusty West Texas to urban areas.

Texas is already the national leader in wind power, and supporters say the latest move will bring more wind energy projects, create jobs, reduce energy costs and reduce pollution.

The Public Utility Commission, however, didn't commit to as big of a project as some environmental and consumer groups had wanted. The chosen plan would transmit a little more than half the energy those groups wanted.

Environmental groups estimate Texas electric customers will see a bump of about $4 on their monthly bills to pay for construction over the next six or seven years.


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