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Local Tax Abatements and the Texas Wind Industry: How Chapters 312 and 313 Are Scarring Rural Texas  

Author:  | Economics, Environment, Health, Texas

KEY POINTS:

  • Local tax abatements for Texas wind energy cost Texan taxpayers money and have not been proven to generate a net overall increase in job-creating investment.
  • The wind mainly blows in remote areas of the state and it costs additional money to transport the energy created to more populated areas.
  • Wind energy is also unreliable because the wind mainly blows when the energy generated is less needed. For example, Texans rely on fossil fuel generators during heat waves, not wind energy.
  • People who live near wind turbines report harmful effects on their health and happiness.

Stanley T. Greer, Texas Public Policy Foundation
January 2019

Download original document: “Tax Abatements and the Texas Wind Energy Industry

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