Texas grows wind-energy capacity, maintains U.S. lead

HOUSTON (AP)  Texas expanded its wind-energy capacity by 57 percent in 2007. A trade group today reports that solidifies the state's position as the nation's leader in wind-generated power.

The American Wind Energy Association says nationally, more than nine billion dollars in investments helped U.S. capacity grow by 45 percent last year. Industry officials say 2008 is poised to match those levels. The installed capacity for Texas jumped to 4,356 megawatts at
the end of 2007 -- from 2,768 megawatts one year ago.

Texas is followed by California, Minnesota, Iowa and Washington state. What's more, Texas has more than 1,200 megawatts under construction, far ahead of any other state. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says Texas understands the energy business, so it's no great shock we're out ahead of the pack when it comes to wind energy