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Saturday, wind power could supply electricity to almost 650,000 pple in the Laredo area

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March may come in like a lion and out like a lamb, but that transformation is rarely a gentle one. Mid-March is typically one of the windiest times of the year in Laredo, but that makes it one of the best times for harnessing wind power.

The graphic above shows roughly how many people in the Laredo area over the next four days could get their electricity from wind power generated at the Panther Creek wind farm in Big Springs, Texas, which is one of the largest wind farms in the country. The yellow line tracks the National Weather Service’s wind-speed forecast for Thursday through Sunday. The blue bars represent the potential power output from the wind turbines at Panther Creek, in terms of the number of people those turbines could supply with low-emissions electricity. However, how much electricity is actually generated depends on several factors, like how the wind actually blows, and how many turbines are operational.

On Saturday, which is forecasted to be the windiest of the next four days, wind power could bring electricity to almost 650,000 people.

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