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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 07:45 PM

Texas A&M part of project to harvest wind energy in the Valley

Sixty-seven million dollars isn't a bad Christmas present.

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The Wind Energy Center, a part of the Texas A&M Energy Institute housed in the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, will join several other universities and corporations in playing integral roles in the Gulf Offshore Wind (GOWind) Project, which is projected to be the most innovative wind farm built to date and will generate power at peak demand and high capacity.

Just before Christmas the project was awarded $50 million in public funding and about $17 million in private funding, Pappas said. About $4 million of that will go to Texas A&M, he said, for the innovation portion of the project.

The goal of the GOWind project, Pappas said, is to build an 18 megawatt offshore wind farm near Brownsville, about 6 miles from South Padre Island, that will drive down the cost of energy produced by offshore wind.

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/article_45bb518c-81ca-59c5-81a6-213b518fa569.html

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 07:49 PM

1. I thought wind power was the work of the devil as far as Texans were concerned.

It competes with Big Oil, after all.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 07:53 PM

2. I guess not.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 08:58 PM

3. The wind will be here long after the oil is gone.

Besides, who can resist electricity with no fuel costs? Not Texans:



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_power_in_Texas

Roscoe is just an hour up the road. A smaller wind farm is about ten minutes away, notable for the new megastorage battery installed there for when the wind is calm.

We're billing ourselves as the Saudi Arabia of Wind now.

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