Since the discovery of the Spindletop Oilfield in 1901, Texas has embodied
the production of energy. The Energy cluster is made up of three sub-clusters:
oil and gas exploration and production; electric/coal/nuclear power generation;
and renewable and sustainable energy generation. Texas' geography and natural
resources, excellent transportation systems, skilled labor force, and
leadership in environmental research give the state an energy advantage.
|There are over 848 operational oil and gas rigs in
Texas, 48 percent of the national total.
||As the only state with its own grid,
Texas' electrical transmissions and new energy development are
free from federal regulation.
||Texas is a major
nuclear power generating state, with almost 5,000 MW of installed
|Texas leads the nation in installed wind capacity
(12,214 MW), and is home to two of the largest wind farms in the
||The energy sector contributes more than $172 billion to
the Texas economy.
||Texas is #1 in total
energy production, biodiesel production capacity, and solar