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Texas emulates Danes' wind industry
NotPhil | September 6, 2007 at 12:50 pmby
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Texas is studying how Denmark has developed its offshore wind energy industry as it pursues what Ms. Warren calls its goal "to be the first state to have offshore wind development." ...
Texas is also hoping to emulate Denmark, home of the world's largest wind turbine makers, in developing its own turbine-making industry. As wind power has boomed, many states and countries have found their expansion plans thwarted by a global shortage of wind turbines. ...
Denmark has become a world leader in wind power, generating nearly 25 percent of the country's electricity needs, while Texas has vaulted past California to become the top wind energy state, with nearly a quarter of U.S. generating capacity.
"In so many ways, we are modeling our wind energy industry on Denmark's wind energy industry," said Michelle Warren, the deputy commissioner overseeing renewable energy at the Texas General Land Office in Austin.
For example, Texas – like Denmark – has adopted a government requirement for wind energy. Texas has announced that 5,880 megawatts of energy are to come from renewable sources by 2015. Texas currently gets around 2,900 megawatts from wind power.
Like Denmark, Texas also offers government incentives such as direct grants for wind developers.