Near Lubbock, Texas, one can find the American Wind Power Center and Museum, a small barn-like building surrounded by windmills of varying vintage.
There's a reason the museum is in Texas. Farms on the plains used wind energy to pump water into their fields. Windmills are what green-jobs pioneer Van Jones likes to call "cowboy power."
It's fitting, then, that the state should also increasingly be using wind power at a much, much larger scale. Last Saturday morning, it set a new record. From the Star-Telegram:
The state's biggest power grid says electricity provided by wind farms hit a record at 10:21 a.m. Nov. 10, when 8,521 megawatts made it to transmission lines. ...
According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which serves most of the state, wind power at its peak on Nov. 10, a Saturday, accounted for 25.9 percent of all electricity demand, which was at a relatively low 36,423 megawatts. The Wind Coalition, an industry group, also notes that wind power topped 6,800 megawatts the entire day and capped a three-day run that saw wind power remain near or above 5,000 megawatts.