When you say Texas, people think “energy!”
That’s been true since Spindletop in Beaumont gave birth to the modern oil industry and it continues to hold true today. Now, however, along with traditional energy sources like oil, gas and coal, Texas is also becoming a leader in renewable energy.
Here’s how the Lone Star State stacks up in three major types of renewable energy:
1) Biomass energy comes from plants used in livestock production and other agricultural industries. For example, the stalk, husk and leaves of corn fed to cattle can be used to create biomass fuel. Instead of going to waste, these byproducts of agricultural production help create valuable energy resources. Scientists are working toward more efficient ways to harness biofuels and put them to work.
Texas leads in production for many of the agriculture products that are used to produce these renewable energy sources. Canola, sorghum and even switchgrass, which is a Texas native plant, all have huge potential as a fuel source.
2) Geography plays a key role in the ongoing prosperity of Texas, particularly when it come to wind energy. Location and topography work together to create huge potential to harness wind energy into clean, renewable and cost-efficient electricity. One of the world’s largest wind farms is in Roscoe, Texas. Georgetown, just north of Austin, recently made history by becoming the first city powered by a combination of wind and solar energy. The decision was made based on the desire to create a long-term, sustainable energy program with predictable cost.
3) Solar is the fastest growing energy source in Texas in 2017, surpassing growth in biofuel, wind and traditional power sources, too. Just like Texas, solar energy is characterized by diversity. From huge solar farms in West Texas to rooftop solar systems installed on homes and commercial buildings, there are many ways to harness the energy of the sun.
One of the primary benefits of solar, and the key to it’s great potential, is that each individual homeowner has access to solar power. While installing your own windmill is out of the question for suburban and city dwellers, rooftop solar is a practical way to access the savings and other benefits of renewable energy.
There is a place in our energy future for all of these clean, renewable fuels. In fact, by creating multiple sources of energy, we create a stronger economy and a stronger state. Once dominated by the oil industry, today Texas is the leader in industries ranging from aerospace to entertainment to technology and tourism. Economist call this diversification. Most of us here in Texas just call it smart!
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