Texas Wind Power Subsidies In Jeopardy06:04
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Oil and gas dominate the Texas energy market but wind is growing exponentially. Wind power now provides 10 percent of the state's electricity. (Lorne Matalon/Marfa Public Radio)MoreCloseclosemore
Oil and gas dominate the Texas energy market but wind is growing exponentially. Wind power now provides 10 percent of the state's electricity. (Lorne Matalon/Marfa Public Radio)

Texas leads the United States in the production of wind power, largely in thanks to a state mandate that utilities source a certain amount of electricity from renewables.

Wind power provides 10 percent of the Lone Star State's energy. The industry uses a combination of private investment for production and government subsidies for transmission lines.

But there's a movement to repeal state subsidies for wind power. Reporter Lorne Matalon of Marfa Public Radio reports.

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  • Lorne Matalon, reporter for Fronteras Desk, West Texas Public Radio and Marfa Public Radio. He tweets @matalon.

This segment aired on June 25, 2015.

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