Apparently, T. Boone Pickens did not know exactly what he was getting into when he made plans to build the world's largest wind farm in Texas, last year.
Pickens, who has amassed a fortune through the oil and gas industry, has dismantled his plans for the 1,000 megawatt wind farm in Pampa, Texas. The reason for the disintegration of the wind farm is simple--a severe lack of transmission lines to carry the energy to city centers. It seems as though Pickens put the cart before the horse: "the first place we build is [not] where we thought we would because we don't have the transmission."
However, Pickens has already placed his first order of wind turbines from General Electric (he planned to order 687 wind turbines from GE for $2 billion), and he needs a place to put them. Currently, Pickens' team is evaluating potential wind farm sites in Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Texas.
Pickens plans to build three 150 turbine wind farms. The first shipment of wind turbines will arrive in 2011. Despite his change of plans, Pickens still hopes to build 4,000 megawatts of wind power.
Read the full story at the Dallas Morning News: Pickens Paring Down WInd Farm Project
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