This is no "Oops" moment.
In 2005, Governor Perry signed into law Texas's second renewable energy portfolio standard, since the 1999 standard championed by George W. Bush had been met years ahead of schedule.
The 2005 Texas RPS required that 5,800 megawatts of renewable energy be operating in Texas by 2015 and 10,000 megawatts by 2025. Back in 2005, talking about requiring 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy in any one state was pushing the envelope at the least. It is a lot of power of any type.
Yet, a full 13 years ahead of schedule, Texas in 2012 surpassed its 2025 renewable energy requirement. http://leadenergy.org/2011/02/the-curious-case-of-the-texas-wind-industry/. Harvesting the world class wind resource in West Texas and on the Gulf Coast, wind farms provide the overwhelming majority of Texas' renewable energy. At this point, wind alone accounts for 8% of the electricity powering Texas, an economy the size of Spain.
All that wind comes with no needs for water withdrawal or disposal, creates no air pollution, and generates thousands of jobs, and millions of dollars of lease payments to landowners and tax payments. In some parts of Texas, wind farms provide about one-third of local school taxes.
The renewable energy boom in Texas is also one more example of renewables growing rapidly exactly where shale gas is booming. Indeed, the shale revolution began in Texas in the Barnett and has recently took off in the Eagle Ford area.
If renewable energy can boom in Texas, perhaps it is fair to say that they can boom anywhere. Possibly that is why renewables are booming around the world.