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1 A WIND VISION FOR NEW GROWTH IN TEXAS New research shows how expanding wind energy will benefit state economy

2 U.S. Department of Energy Wind Vision report shows potential benefits for Texas with continued expansion of wind power in the state. A definitive new report recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows huge potential for wind power in Texas and throughout the United States. The DOE s Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States finds wind energy could grow from supplying 9% of the electricity generated in Texas today to 27.6% by 2020 and to 37.8% by 2030 producing electricity for the equivalent of over 15.4 million American homes. Achieving the Wind Vision in Texas would provide numerous benefits for the state s economy, including $16 billion dollars in total electricity bill savings through Texas would also create new wellpaying jobs and added revenues flowing into state coffers. Property tax revenues from new wind farm development could exceed $239.5 million annually by 2020, and more than $345.2 million annually by Farmers and other rural Texas landowners currently receive an estimated $42.5 million a year in land lease payments for hosting wind turbines. Further expansion of wind energy under the Wind Vision scenario would result in Texas landowners receiving over $98.1 million in annual payments by 2020, increasing to over $145.4 million annually by Texas farmers and families stand to benefit from significant freshwater savings and cleaner air by harvesting even more electricity from wind energy. Continuing to grow Texas-made wind power offers tremendous water conservation and clean air benefits as well. Meeting the Wind Vision scenario in 2020 would result in more than 31.1 billion gallons of annual water savings by 2020, and by 2030 those savings grow to over 40.6 billion gallons a year. Generations of Texas families also stand to benefit from added clean air benefits by harvesting more of the state s electricity from wind energy. By 2030 wind energy produced in the state would avoid over 80.6 million metric tons of carbon pollution a year, or 17 million cars worth of emissions. Homegrown Texas wind energy can save consumers money and boost local economies for years to come. With a wind resource rich enough to supply 18 times the state s current electricity needs at prices increasingly competitive with conventional fuels much of the state s wind power potential remains untapped. Expanding this clean, abundant form of homegrown energy is a win-win solution for Texas to boost economic development well into the future. DOE report: Wind can become one of the leading sources of U.S. electricity by 2050 The DOE s Wind Vision report finds that wind power could supply 10% of the entire U.S. electricity mix by 2020, 20% by 2030, and 35% by 2050 making wind energy one of the leading sources of electricity in the country. That growth would widely benefit the U.S. economy and environment. Meeting Wind Vision scenarios could create 380,000 wellpaying jobs by 2030 and bring billions of dollars in consumer savings to the U.S. by The positive benefits that wind energy s growth can bring to the American economy are significant especially in the increasingly competitive global wind energy market. The U.S. currently ranks number one in the world in wind energy production, ahead of China and Spain, providing enough electricity to power the equivalent of 18 million average American homes. Today, American wind power supports 73,000 well-paying jobs, including nearly 20,000 manufacturing jobs at over 500 factories in 43 states. By reaching 20% of the nation s electricity mix by 2030, wind energy could create an additional 380,000 well-paying jobs across the country, increasing to 600,000 by Beyond job growth, by 2050 wind could provide $14 billion a year in consumer savings and cumulative savings on U.S. electric bills totaling $149 billion. If fossil fuel prices increase more than expected, electric consumers would start to see direct savings even sooner. Expanded use of wind power would benefit public health and prevent 22,000 premature deaths. The positive clean air benefits of powering Texas and the U.S. with more wind energy creates an economic opportunity as well. Cumulatively through 2050, wind s pollution reductions would avoid $400 billion in climate change damages and would save an additional $108 billion in public health costs by cutting other air pollutants, including the prevention of 22,000 premature deaths. In some years drought conditions affect many Texas farmers and rural landowners across the state. According to DOE s Wind Vision, wind energy has the ability to conserve 260 billion gallons of freshwater annually by 2050, displacing 23% of total U.S. power plant water usage. The benefits of America s wind energy are of national importance. By highlighting several case studies, this report shares the success story of wind energy in the Lone Star State and for the first time ever releases new state-specific data from the DOE s Wind Vision report that shows what s possible with wind power s continued rise. WIND VISION FOR GROWTH IN TEXAS 2

3 $239.5 MILLION IN ANNUAL PROPERTY TAX ENOUGH ELECTRICITY TO POWER 15.4 MILLION HOMESBILLION REVENUE BY 2020 GALLONS OF BY WIND BY 2030 $98.1 MILLION IN ANNUAL LEASE PAYMENTS TO TEXAS FARMERS FRESH WATER CONSERVED EVERY YEAR BY 2030 AND OTHER RURAL LANDOWNERS BY 2020 $16 BIL. IN CUMULATIVE ELECTRICITY BILL SAVINGS FOR TEXAS CONSUMERS THROUGH 2050 WIND POWER IN TEXAS TODAY 4

4 Corporate America, especially American manufacturers, are embracing wind energy because it provides power that is cleaner and cheaper, while bringing long term price stability to their business planning. In Texas, household names like Dow, Mars, Procter & Gamble, IKEA, Walmart, HP, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Intuit, Unilever - and many more - are using wind energy to improve their businesses and their corporate bottom line. American industrial electric consumers increasingly want wind energy and are calling for greater access to wind power to help meet their corporate financial and sustainability goals. This report outlines the vision that will help make broader access to renewable energy a market reality. Jeff Clark Executive Director, Wind Coalition Wind power in Texas today Wind energy capacity Wind farms provided over 9% of the electricity generated in Texas at the end of 2014, ranking the state 10th in the country. Texas has 9,757 wind turbines currently installed, comprising 16,406 MW of wind power capacity - enough to power nearly 4 million homes. That total ranks the state 1st in the nation, with an additional 6,343 MW of capacity under construction. Economics Texas is a leader in wind turbine and component manufacturing with 46 factories spread across the state, including turbine manufacturer Alstom, tower manufacturer Trinity Structural Towers, and numerous component suppliers. The wind energy industry has thrived in the state thanks to smart state-level policies, such as the state renewable portfolio standard and legislation that created Competitive Renewable Energy Zones for wind power transmission. Current benefits from Texas-made wind power include: (1) $26.3 billion in total wind farm investment; (2) $42.5 million dollars a year in land lease payments to landowners; and (3) up to 18,000 well-paying jobs. Environment + public health benefits Generating wind power does not create pollution or use water. The wind power produced in Texas currently saves 13.1 billion gallons of water every year, equivalent to 99.3 billion bottles of water, and avoids 25.1 million metric tons of carbon pollution annually, or the equivalent of WIND POWER IN TEXAS TODAY

5 PANHANDLE WIND Project description Owned and operated by Pattern Energy, the Panhandle Wind 1 and 2 projects have been an economic boon for Carson County. The projects will inject more than $200 million into the local communities during the first 25 years of operation, including payments to Carson County, the Panhandle and White Deer Independent School Districts, the Panhandle Conservation District, participating landowners, and the Panhandle Wind Community Benefits Program that will support civic and educational cause. The facility was completed in two phases, a 218 MW Panhandle Wind 1 and the 182 MW Panhandle Wind 2. Panhandle 1 began commercial operations in July 2014, while Panhandle 2 was completed in November of the same year. The combined 400 MW facility is expected to generate clean, renewable electricity for approximately 115,000 Texas homes each year, without using any of the regions limited water supplies, according to statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Mortenson Construction managed construction for both phases of the project, which involved more than 400 workers. The project was constructed using American-made turbines and is providing direct local economic benefits, while creating a new renewable, homegrown resource with a long-term stable cost for all Texans. Pattern has also established a Community Benefits Program at the Amarillo Area Foundation to promote educational and civic causes in Carson County. The company contributed $1.5 million to establish the program and will contribute $150,000 on an annual basis over the first ten years of operation, for a total contribution of $3 million. Key facts Local investment: More than $200 million in local payments during the first 25 years of operation. Community benefits: Pattern Energy has established Community Benefits Program that will invest $3 million in local educational and civic causes in Carson County. Clean power: The Panhandle projects will produce 400 megawatts (MW) of power, enough to provide electricity for 115,000 average Texas homes each year. 7 CASE STUDIES

6 SPINNING SPUR PROJECT, which helps power the City of Georgetown Located in Central Texas, about 30 miles north of Austin, the City of Georgetown recently became one of the largest municipally owned utilities in the U.S. to supply its customers with 100 percent wind and solar power. The City entered into a 2014 power purchase agreement to buy 144 megawatts (MW) of wind power from EDF s Spinning Spur project located outside of Amarillo, and will begin using 150 MW of solar power from a West Texas SunEdison plant in With these purchases, Georgetown has secured enough renewable power to supply the current electricity needs of the town s business community and nearly 55,000 residents, while also allowing room for future demand growth. The City s utility had ended its final long-term power purchase agreement in 2012, allowing it to pursue all new suppliers. Once a bidding process was opened, wind power stood out as the lowest priced contract on the market. And with long-term fixed rate pricing, the City s electricity costs are projected to decline 8.2% in 2016, with the expectation for further savings once the SunEdison solar project comes online. In addition to cost savings, we ve also seen local businesses adjust their public relations and decision making as a result of our City s power renewable power purchases, said Chris Foster, the Georgetown Manager of Resource Planning and Integration. Retailers see a branding opportunity, and have been drawn to the area, while a data center located in town is also in talks to extend their contract because of our 100% renewable power commitment. CASE STUDIES 10

7 BROADWIND ENERGY Key facts Job creation: 250 full-in-state workers Growing business: Total wind market sales have increased 12% annually over the last five years, while tower production has grown at a 19% annual rate Local benefits: The company has already produced 500 towers for wind projects in the region and hopes to expand with future policy certainty. Project description Broadwind Energy, primarily a wind tower manufacturer and turbine services provider, employs 250 in-state workers. The majority of these employees work out of the company s wind tower manufacturing facility in CASE STUDIES 11 Abilene, opened in The facility has the capacity to produce 150 towers annually, and is substantially sold out for 2016 after Broadwind recently secured at $50 million tower order. The cost of wind energy has dropped significantly over the past five years which has been a catalyst for growth in the state of Texas. Declining costs and the investment in transmission has helped spur orders and the Clean Power Plan should be a driver of future growth for renewables, said Peter Duprey, President and CEO at Broadwind. Uncertainty around the wind power Production Tax Credit (PTC) is also really hurting manufacturers. The start and stop nature of previous PTC extensions hinders long-term planning, making it difficult for companies to make investments that create more jobs and grow their businesses. Despite this uncertainty, Broadwind s focus on lean manufacturing, improving efficiency and production capacity is delivering results. The company is experiencing strong growth in its wind markets, as total sales have increased at 12% annual rate over the last five years. The tower production side of their business is growing at an even faster pace 19% annually. As a result, Broadwind and other innovative supply chain companies are continuing to drive down costs, and are helping to make wind power cost competitive in many parts of the nation. Broadwind has built more than 500 towers for wind power projects in the region, and hopes that with future policy certainty it can expand its in-state operations. The cost of wind energy has dropped significantly over the past five years which has been a catalyst for growth in the state of Texas. Declining costs and the investment in transmission has helped spur orders and the Clean Power Plan should be a driver of future growth for renewables. Uncertainty around the wind power Production Tax Credit (PTC) is also really hurting manufacturers. The start and stop nature of previous PTC extensions hinders long-term planning, making it difficult for companies to make investments that create more jobs and grow their businesses. Peter Duprey President and CEO at Broadwind

8 Tyler Bluff Wind Farm Key facts Local economic benefits: $53 million of regional spending during construction, with $1.3 million in annual tax benefits and $372,000 in annual land lease payments once operational. Job creation: 497 direct and indirect jobs during construction. Project description Located in Cooke County, the 123-megawatt (MW) Tyler Bluff wind farm currently under development by EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) will produce enough electricity to meet the needs of all of Procter & Gamble s (P&G) North American Fabric and Home Care plants. These plants produce well-known brands such as Tide, Gain, Downy, Dawn, Cascade, Febreze, and Mr. Clean. The trend of corporate purchasers buying renewable energy directly from wind farms is just getting started and we expect it will continue to grow aggressively over the next few years, said Sandi Briner, Director of Communications, EDF RE. Companies are buying wind power to reduce their long term costs, hedge against the volatility of the fossil-fuel markets, and also demonstrate leadership on climate commitments. In addition to helping P&G meet their corporate sustainability goals, the Tyler Bluff project will also provide numerous economic benefits for the local community. The project is expected to produce over $53 million in direct, in-state spending during construction, while supporting 497 direct and indirect jobs. Once operational in December 2016, the wind farm will generate $1.3 million in annual tax payments, with an additional $372,000 a year in land lease payments for local landowners. 1 EDF RE currently operates 1490 MW of wind power in the state, about 9.5% of the state s total wind capacity. The combination of policy, wind resource, transmission, community support, and a business friendly environment has made Texas particularly attractive for the developer. The trend of corporate purchasers buying renewable energy directly from wind farms is just getting started and we expect it will continue to grow aggressively over the next few years. Companies are buying wind power to reduce their long-term costs, hedge against the volatility of the fossilfuel markets, and also demonstrate leadership on climate commitments. SANDI BRINER, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, EDF RENEWABLE ENERGY The Tyler Bluff project is not yet complete, this image is of a similar EDF project in the state. 1 Projected economic benefits were modeled using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory s Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) tool, available online at 13 CASE STUDIES

9 How will Texas benefit from expanding wind power? ENORMOUS BENEFITS TO BE REALIZED Achieving the wind vision in Texas Texas has an opportunity to lower electricity bills, create jobs, increase community investment, and enjoy cleaner air by expanding the use of wind energy, according to a recently released DOE Wind Vision report. The 2015 DOE Wind Vision report projects that nationwide, wind power can supply 10% of America s electricity by 2020, 20% by 2030 and 35% by 2050, while delivering consumer savings worth tens of billions of dollars a year. The latest data from DOE finds wind energy could provide 27.6% of Texas s electricity by 2020 and more than 37.8% by The wind energy produced in Texas alone would power the equivalent of 15.4 million average American homes by The following tables outline many of the benefits that would come to Texas by achieving Wind Vision: Consumer Benefits Cumulative through 2050 Electricity Bill Savings Added Savings through Lower Natural Gas Prices* $15.95 billion $39.63 billion Other Economic Benefits By 2020 By 2030 Annual Property Tax Revenue Annual Land Lease Payments $ million $ million $98.19 million $ million * Achieving the Wind Vision scenario would reduce overall natural gas demand, resulting in lower prices and consumer savings beyond their electricity bills. The Wind Vision report estimates expanding wind power production will support a national total of 142,000 manufacturing jobs by Environmental Benefits By 2020 By 2030 Annual Water Use Avoided, in Gallons Annual Carbon Pollution Avoided, in Metric Tons Annual Carbon Pollution Avoided, in Equivalent Cars Worth of Emissions billion billion million million million million The economic and environmental benefits have been calculated by AWEA using data from the U.S. Department of Energy s Wind Vision report. 15 ENORMOUS BENEFITS TO BE REALIZED

10 As Microsoft works toward a lower carbon energy supply for our cloud services, wind continues to offer an attractive option for achieving this objective in a cost-effective manner. BRIAN JANOUS, DIRECTOR OF ENERGY STRATEGY FOR MICROSOFT CONCLUSION Extending federal clean energy tax incentives good for Texas, the U.S. Texas-made wind power is a true American success story. The wind industry has helped revitalize rural economies in many counties in the state, becoming a new drought-resistant cash crop for farmers and other landowners. Added tax revenues have also benefitted schools, emergency services, and key infrastructure projects. Keeping this success story going will result in expanded economic benefits for Texas workers, landowners, and all electricity consumers. The wind industry also continues to gain momentum nationwide, delivering tremendous economic and environmental benefits for all 50 states. But like all business, the wind industry needs stable, predictable federal tax policy to continue to create jobs, invest capital, and deploy new projects. To keep the expanded benefits for Texas on track, Congress must extend the renewable energy Production Tax Credit - a federal tax incentive for producing clean power - as well as the Investment Tax Credit. These two successful tax policies combined have helped the wind industry to rapidly improve wind power technology and lower the cost of wind power by 66% since American wind power has attracted over $100 billion in private investment to the U.S. economy since 2008 and stable tax policy helps to provide certainty to the 73,000 jobs being provided by the U.S. wind industry today. The U.S. produces more wind energy than any other country in the world. Hard working Americans, innovation, and a successful federal tax policy have driven this success. With long-term certainty and stable policy, the U.S. can retain our global leadership role, keep well-paying jobs and investment in Texas and other rural communities across the nation. Wind power is a good deal and Americans want more of it Recent polls show nine out of 10 voters - Republicans, Democrats, and Independents - believe growing wind power is a good idea. There s good reason for those opinions: wind power is a cost-competitive, reliable power source that does not create air or water pollution from generation. American innovation and advances in technology continue to drive down the cost of wind power 66% since 2009, according to the DOE. Taller towers, longer blades, improved gearboxes, and over 30 years of experience in siting wind turbines to maximize their power output are all responsible for the recent cost declines. Those savings are then passed onto consumers. Texas benefits from a more diverse electricity mix, thanks to wind In states like Texas, wind-friendly policies that encourage utilities to invest in wind power have helped create a more diverse energy mix and kept money in the pockets of consumers. Texas established a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in 1999, amending it in The current RPS requires 5,880 MW of renewable energy by The state also has a target of reaching 10,000 MW of renewable capacity by 2025, a target that the wind energy industry met in Wind energy has historically been the renewable resource chosen to meet RPS requirements, fulfilling 86% of RPS requirements through Wind power is also an attractive investment for companies that consume large amounts of power, which is a big reason why local chambers of commerce throughout the Midwest and Great Plains states support clean energy standards and the growth of wind energy. New wind opportunities on the horizon for Texas Wind power is one of the most rapidly deployable, least expensive ways for states to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency s Clean Power Plan rules. The Clean Power Plan requires states reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants to mitigate the effects of climate change and help clean our air. Texas s experience with its existing wind farms, along with its untapped wind potential, make it well positioned to meet the Clean Power Plan standards. 17 CONCLUSION

11 APPENDIX Report, Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States, U.S. Department of Energy < Resources for the Wind Vision report, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) < Fact sheet on wind power in Texas, AWEA < Overview of wind energy in America, AWEA < APPENDIX 20

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