Texas is number one in wind energy, not least for its forward-looking approach to getting transmission built to serve its wind projects. Here is an excellent article by the state's Public Utilities Commission Chairman Barry T. Smitherman on how the commission is approaching the prospect of approving transmission in the Texas Panhandle.
While the Panhandle has some of the best wind resources in North America, there aren't enough power lines to support meaningful wind development. Therefore, it's time to build the transmission lines needed to deliver this clean, Texas- based energy source to the rest of our growing state and continue to lower electricity prices in the process. And we must do it in a way that respects private property rights and maintains the natural beauty of the Texas Panhandle.