Perry gives his Aggies a push with offshore wind farm grant

April 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

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Texas AM University got a $2.2 million grant to develop wind farms.

Nicholas Sakelaris
Staff Writer- Dallas Business Journal


Offshore wind turbines received an extra push from Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry, an Aggie alum, awarded a $2.2 million grant from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to the Wind Energy Center at Texas AM University April 4. Eventually, this will lead to the development of an 18 megawatt offshore wind farm.

“Texas has long believed in an all-of-the-above energy strategy and our world-class universities and culture of innovation have helped foster cutting edge technologies in everything from traditional to new energy sources,” Perry said in a statement. “Texas leads the nation in wind energy production, generating more wind than all but five nations.”

Texas AM will collaborate with Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas AM University at Corpus Christi and the University of Texas at Brownsville to develop new turbine and platform technology for offshore use.

Texas wind power set a new record for power generation last month with the majority of that coming from West Texas, where new transmission lines were completed in 2013.

The state’s award will be matched with a $50 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy and a private $13.3 million investment from GoWind. The universities will invest $1 million, as well.

“It will lead to significant increases in university capacity, lower cost for wind power and contribute to the birth of a new industry as the United States continues on its path to energy surety,” said John Pappas, director of the Wind Energy Center.

Perry’s statements on an “all of the above” energy plan  echo those of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address and Ernest Moniz, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, who said Texas is on the right track when it comes to energy. 

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