New wind farm
POSTED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 6:57pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 3:27pm
Texas is rightfully known as the premier producer of energy in the country.
But, what a lot of people don’t know is, Texas leads in all forms, even renewables.
This state has been blessed with the natural resources to make it one of the biggest producers of oil and gas in the world.
But there are other natural resources that get less publicity.
That’s about to change.
The Gulf Offshore Wind Project, or GOWind, is currently in the planning stage.
But when it is completed, it will cover 41,000 acres of the Gulf 5 miles off South Padre Island with giant wind turbines.
It will provide power for 1.8 million homes.
And while there are huge projects like this in England, Germany and Japan, it would be the first offshore wind farm for the United States.
What may surprise you is how much wind power already means to Texas.
“So we have in Texas about 11,000 megawatts of installed wind power,” says Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. “And the shocking thing about this is that we are close to 10% of our electricity delivered, not installed capacity, but delivered is wind power. And that’s probably going to go up to 20% in the near future.”
The project is the brainchild of former BP executive Ian Hatton and his company Baryonyx.
Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson’s office handled the lease, and it’s the latest addition to the mix that is Texas energy.
“The unique thing about Texas is that we are sovereign 9 nautical miles into the Gulf of Mexico,” he says. “We are the only state shoes entire coastline sovereignty is not limited to 3 miles offshore.”
To be truly competitive, the price of electricity will have to go up, or the cost of wind, solar and geo-thermal will have to drop.
But like oil and gas, sun and wind are things the state has in abundance.
And they are free.
“I like to describe Texas as an energy state,” Patterson concluded, “all kinds of energy.”