Texas Renewable Energy Goal Within Sight This Year
AUSTIN - Lawmakers are discussing where to set the next goal for renewable energy in Texas as utility regulators say the state could be a few years early in meeting one milestone for green power.
The Public Utility Commission said Texas is expected to meet a 2009 mandate this year to add an additional 2,000 megawatts of renewable generating capacity.
About 1,190 megawatts have been added since 1999, and projects that would add 486 megawatts are either under construction or have been announced, the commission said this month. Transmission agreements have been finalized for another 720 megawatts.
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