The city that is now known as Abilene was once a stock shipping point for cattlemen using the Texas and Pacific Railway when it was established way back in 1881. Clabe Merchant, a landowner near Buffalo Gap, named the new town after Abilene in Kansas which at that time was where the Chisholm Trail ends. Now, Abilene is a bustling city in the Texas Midwest and is known throughout the 19-county area called The Big Country as the hub for the commercial, medical, retail and transportation industries.
A city that exudes all the commercial, cultural and educational features and amenities of a modern city while at the same time preserves the traditional and cultural heritage of the wild, Wild West; Abilene is the first Texas City that created a downtown reinvestment zone as legislated by the state. The oil and energy industries slowly thrived after World War II, but eventually the city emerged as a center for banking, construction, retail, manufacturing, and wholesale industries. Aside from that, Abilene is home to various public and private organizations and small business establishments that collectively employ hundreds and even thousands of people.
Residential, commercial and industrial establishments in Abilene benefit from the competition among retail electricity providers brought about by energy deregulation. Consumers are given the power to choose providers and compare prices and services offered by the various electric companies and get the biggest savings and the highest quality of services. Aside from that residents as well as local companies can pursue green advocacies and help protect the environment by making a green energy choice and selecting providers offering electrical power coming from alternative energy sources.
Abilene has emerged as a premier location for wind energy manufacturers and where a quarter of all wind energy in the state is produced. This big wind power potential has attracted investors to add more capacity in the area, as well as the expansion of support facilities and wind turbine refurbishing plants. Aside from that, Abilene has also stepped up its pursuits for harnessing the power of the sun through the development and manufacture of solar energy systems – giving consumers better energy choices for themselves and for the future.