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Economic Development Impact of 1,000 MW of Wind Energy in Texas

Economic Development Impact of 1,000 MW of Wind Energy in Texas

Economic Development Impact of 1,000 MW of Wind Energy in Texas

Date: 8/31/2011

Location: TX

Texas has approximately 9,727 MW of wind energy capacity installed, making it a global leader in installed wind energy. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's report, Economic Development Impact of 1,000 MW of Wind Energy in Texas, analyzes the jobs and economic impacts of 1,000 MW of wind power generation in the state. The findings are scalable and can be used to inform policy and planning in Texas and other states. According to this analysis, 1,000 MW of wind power development:

  • Generates more than 2,100 full-time-equivalent jobs and nearly $260 million in economic activity in Texas during construction periods
  • Supports approximately 240 permanent Texas jobs
  • Generates nearly $35 million in annual Texas economic activity during operating periods, including more than $7 million in annual property taxes and nearly $5 million annually in income for Texas landowners who lease their land for wind energy projects.

This information was last updated on September 27, 2011