"The renewable-energy boom in Texas was shaped by some of the characteristics that define the state itself—wide-open spaces, regulatory permissiveness and a fiercely competitive electricity market unlike any other in the country. An overhaul of the state’s power market approved in 1999 under then-Gov. George W. Bush set the stage for the renewable frenzy. Deregulation broke up the functions of monopoly utilities and introduced competitive auctions for wholesale power. Part of the plan included adding at least 2,000 megawatts of renewable generating capacity by 2009. Texas blew past that goal, set another and surpassed it too."
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