March 29, 2013 at 06:00 AM EDT
Wind Energy Drives More Than Just Turbines

SOURCE: General Electric (GE)

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Wind energy is the fastest-growing source of electricity production globally, and in the U.S., Texas ranks No. 1 for wind energy capacity. If Texas were a country, it would be sixth in the world.

Presently, Texas has 12,000 megawatts installed, which signifies a $20 billion investment in the state and creates jobs, said Elizabeth A. Salerno, director, Industry Data and Analysis, American Wind Energy Association.

"One megawatt can power 300 homes. One gigawatt can power 300,000 homes, and 12 gigawatts can power 3,600,000 homes. What many people do not understand is wind is a real power industry, and it is growing," said Matt Guyette, chief marketing and strategy officer, GE Renewable Energy.

One indicator the industry is growing is the continual number of member companies joining the American Wind Energy Association, which today is close to 1,500.

"Ten years ago, there were less than 2,000 turbines, and today there are over 20,000. These are not your father's turbines. These are efficient and are driving down the cost of electricity," Guyette said.

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