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T. Boone Pickens Orders Up 667 Wind Turbines


By Kent Bernhard, Jr.
National Green Business
May 15, 2008


T. Boone Pickens, the Texas oil baron with a plan to become a wind power mogul,
has taken his plans a step further. His company, Mesa Power, has ordered 667
wind turbines from General Electric.

Those turbines could generate enough power, 1,000 megawatts, to power 300,000 homes.

But that's just the first phase of Pickens' Pampa wind project. When it's all in
place, he's planning the world's biggest wind power project -- about 4,000
megawatts, five times the size of the nation's biggest wind project now.

The first phase of the project will cost $2 billion. When the project is
complete, it will cover about 400,000 acres of Texas panhandle.

"The development of alternative energy projects, especially renewable resources
such as wind power, is critical for the future of the country in the face of
declining world oil resources," Pickens said in a release. "You find an
oilfield, it peaks and starts declining, and you've got to find another one to
replace it. "It can drive you crazy. With wind, there's no decline curve."

 

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