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National Wind Institute Expert Responds to Wind Market Reports

Amanda Bowman

August 23, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy recently released its 2017 Wind Market Reports, indicating Texas as the top state in utility-scale wind capacity.


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its 2017 Wind Market Reports, and wind energy is looking good. Not only do wind energy prices remain low, but the U.S. wind industry also installed 7,017 megawatts of capacity in 2017. The total utility-scale wind capacity of the U.S. is now almost 89 gigawatts (GW), with Texas leading the nation with more than 22 GW of wind capacity.

Texas Tech University and National Wind Institute (NWI) wind expert Andrew Swift responded to the report and what it means for Texas. Swift, a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, & Construction Engineering in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, the associate director of education for the NWI and director of the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility, has more than 30 years of experience in wind energy. He is a member of the American Wind Energy Association and the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association.


Andrew Swift, professor and associate director of education of the NWI and director of SWiFT.

Talking Points

  • The state of Texas invested in wind energy early.
  • Costs have fallen about 50 percent since the previous study.
  • There is no water consumed to produce wind energy, and no emissions are burned.
  • The public can install and use their own wind turbine to produce energy for their property or business.


  • “Texas remains a leader in the wind power industry. Texas is an energy state and it made early investments really setting the stage for wind energy.”
  • “People in Texas really like wind. It's clean power.”
  • “The costs really have fallen dramatically. I've been doing this for many decades and it's probably falling a lot faster than even I would have expected.”
  • “There is no water consumed in the generation of electricity. It's done on-site, the wind is delivered to the power plant and you get electrons out the other end, which you can sell.”
  • “There's the Public Utilities Regulatory Power Act back in the late 1990s that allows independent producers to connect to the grid so you can produce your own power.”

To download the video interview of Swift, as well as b-roll shots of the exterior of the NWI, contact Amanda Bowman for instructions.

CONTACT: Amanda Bowman, media relations specialist, Office of Communications & Marketing, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-5897 or amanda.bowman@ttu.edu