Plans for the world’s largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle have been scrapped, energy baron T. Boone Pickens said yesterday, and he’s looking for a home for 687 giant wind turbines.
Pickens’s company Mesa Power ordered the turbines from General Electric Co. - a $2 billion investment - a little more than a year ago. Pickens said he has leases on about 200,000 acres in Texas that were planned for the project, and he might place some of the turbines there, but he’s also looking for smaller wind projects to participate in. He said he’s looking at potential sites in the Midwest and Canada.
In Texas, the problem lies in getting power from the proposed site in the Panhandle to a distribution system, Pickens said in an interview with the Associated Press in New York. He’d hoped to build his own transmission lines but he said there were technical problems.
Dr. Gopal Rao
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