From Panhandle to Gulf Coast, Texas sees surge in wind energy projects

April 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

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Still, large power companies such as Duke Energy and E.ON, which is headquartered in Germany, continue to invest in Texas wind. E.ON operates more than 4,000 megawatts of wind capacity across North America and Europe, including an 800-megawatt farm in Roscoe. And now the company is building three 200-megawatt installations outside Amarillo.

“Wind power is getting more and more competitive every day,” said Jeff Clark, executive director of The Wind Coalition, which represents companies including E.ON and Pattern.

“The Panhandle and South Texas are two of the best resources in the country,” Clark said. “As long as we keep policies that encourage development, we will see more and more turbines building here. There’s really good wind in Nebraska, but companies have not gone there.”

Already Texas grid operators are anticipating a point in the not-so-distant future where the new CREZ lines will be near capacity and will need to be expanded.

Speaking on the phone from his private jet last week, energy investor T. Boone Pickens couldn’t help but notice how much had changed since he announced his plan to build the world’s largest wind farm in 2008 and promptly lost $150 million.

“I was too early,” he said. “It’s happened to me before. You think I’d learn.”


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