The knock on Texas' wind power industry, the largest in the country, is that it tends to fall off during hot summer days, the peak of the state's electricity usage. Now Chamisa Energy of Santa Fe., N.M., proposes using power generated at night to pump compressed air into salt caverns in the Texas Panhandle, then releasing it during the day to drive turbine generators (with a boost from also burning natural gas). It's been tried elsewhere but this would be the first location in Texas. For more, click here.
-- Jim Fuquay