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August 15, 2018
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GUILLEN APPLAUDS NEW WIND ENERGY JOB CREATION

Hopes New Wind Farm Brings Economic Growth, Energy Security

Austin - Last Friday, June 15th was Global Wind Day, and Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) was pleased to welcome AT&T and Nextera Energy at their groundbreaking event for a new wind farm in Bruni. The companies purchased land that would support generation of 300 megawatts of wind energy, and announced a scholarship program at Texas State Technical College for students interested in pursuing careers as wind turbine technicians.

"Wind energy is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. The Department of Labor reports that Wind jobs are opening up at one of the quickest rates," announced Guillen. "We're very pleased to welcome these new farms to South Texas."

Wind farms are not new to Texas. The joint-venture between these two companies already built two farms in the Panhandle, one in Duval County, and others in Oklahoma. These investments in renewable energy will help to create jobs and economic benefits. NextEra Energy Resources estimates the wind farm projects will create as many as 1,000 construction jobs in Texas and Oklahoma. The projects are also estimated to generate nearly $190 million in property tax revenues for local communities and more than $167 million in lease payments to landowners.

"One of Texas' greatest natural resources is wind, and utilizing that resource is economically viable and forward-thinking. Not only will it create new jobs, but also help secure energy independence for future generations."

Estimates show that the wind farms are expected to generate electricity equivalent to powering over 372,000 homes each year.

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen.

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