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CHAPTER ELEVEN
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Exhibit 11-8

Texas Wind Power Potential

The Panhandle contains the state’s greatest expanse with high quality winds. Well-exposed locations atop the caprock and hilltops experience particularly attractive wind speeds. As in all locations throughout the state, determination of areas appropriate for development must include consideration of environmental and social factors as well as technical viability.

The mountain passes and ridgetops of the Trans-Pecos exhibit the highest average wind speeds in Texas. Since the wind in mountainous terrain can change abruptly over short distances, the best wind farm locations in West Texas are quite site specific.

South of Galveston, the Texas coast experience consistent, strong seabreezes that may prove suitable for commercial development.

For more information on this exhibit, please contact the Comptroller’s Data Services Division at 512-463-4900 or at P.O. Box 13528, Austin, Texas 78711-3528.

Source: Alternative Energy Institute, West Texas A&M University.

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