A state study shows that hooking Texas’ major cities up to the new “wind farms” could exceed $6 billion — that’s more than $260 for every man, woman and child. The cheapest option would set still Texans back $3 billion.

While the wind blows pretty regularly, and should certainly be in the mix, it isn’t a reliable source of consistent energy. As the Houston Chronicle reported, in February the state’s power grid managers had to take emergency action because weather patterns caused a decrease in wind speeds and could have forced rolling blackouts.

If the state’s Public Utilities Commission adopts one of the plans, it could take up to five years for the transmission lines to be built. So get ready for rate hikes coming to an electric bill near you.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, and a dog. Check out his podcast, Reflections on Life and Liberty.

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