|Texas Takes Sweeping Role in Wind Power|
|by Tom McGregor||Fri, Nov 23, 2012, 08:57 PM|
The Lone Star state has become the third eco-friendliest state for renewable energy, rising in the biannual Ernst & Young ranking due to upgrades of transmission lines that carry wind-generated power across Texas.
The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Texas jumped two spots in Ernst & Young's renewable energy attractiveness index released this month, behind only California and Colorado. The oil and gas powerhouse is home to one of the nation’s most robust wind energy networks, though its solar program has failed to meet its potential, Ernst & Young’s report noted."
The authors wrote, "despite enviable solar intensity, Texas has lagged behind its neighboring southwestern states in solar development, likely due to the state’s concentration on wind power and well-known transmission issues."
According to the Houston Chronicle, "the Ernst & Young index judges each state on its attractiveness for wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energies, based on the resource availability and the pricing and tax environment. California remained the nation's renewable energy capital, ranking No. 1 for both wind and solar energy and scoring highest for overall renewable energy friendliness."
A senior manager at Ernst & Young, Michael Bernier noted that the expiration of federal incentives for wind and solar sparked a flurry of renewable energy projects in 2012, as developers attempted to exploit the federal programs.
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