Economic Development Impact of 1,000 MW of Wind Energy in Texas

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Texas has approximately 9,727 MW of wind energy capacity installed, making it a global leader in installed wind energy. As a result of the significant investment the wind industry has brought to Texas, it is important to better understand the economic development impacts of wind energy in Texas. This report analyzes the jobs and economic impacts of 1,000 MW of wind power generation in the state.The impacts highlighted in this report can be used in policy and planning decisions and can be scaled to get a sense of the economic development opportunities associated with other wind scenarios. This report can also inform stakeholders in other states about the potential economic impacts associated with the development of 1,000 MW of new wind power generation and the relationships of differentelements in the state economy.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages28
StatePublished - 2011

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-50400


  • economics
  • JEDI
  • jobs
  • Texas
  • turbines
  • wind


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