T. Boone Pickens\’ Wind Farm

This sounds very expensive.

Over the next four years he intends to erect 2,700 turbines across 200,000 acres of the Texan panhandle. The scheme is five times bigger than the world\’s current record-holding wind farm and when finished will supply 4,000 megawatts of electricity – enough to power about one million homes.

It\’s not just the breathtaking scale of the scheme that is striking, though at a total cost of $10bn it impresses even Pickens himself

$10 billion to power a million homes? Wouldn\’t nuclear be vastly cheaper?

3 thoughts on “T. Boone Pickens\’ Wind Farm”

  1. Why not solve the energy crisis, reduce our carbon footprint, take advantage of some government grants, and kill those annoying birds at the same time? There is obviously a major problem in the “Texas Outback” with bird overpopulation. Why else would we choose wind over cheaper alternatives? The fact that bird overpopulation is not mentioned in the article is probably an oversight on the part of the reporter. Otherwise, we’d have to side with those crazy neocons that actually believe killing birds is a negative. Think of the people we can employ to clean up those birds! We’re creating jobs and that’s always a good thing. Wind farms are well thought out and (much like food-based fuels) are fully researched and without negatives. Believing otherwise is a clear sign that you have been brainwashed by oil executives.

    The only thing hat made sense here was this:
    “My business is making money”
    The guy is no moron despite what people might think about his other project. He wants to pipe water across 328 miles to serve a major metropolitan area. Sounds crazy, but he got J.P. Morgan to finance it. He’s now the “the largest private holder of permitted groundwater rights in the United States.”

  2. 1st cost is about the same-$2500/Kw of capacity-but there’s little chance that a 2700 unit wind farm can be installed for that. Just the grid extensions required and the effect on the costs of the turbines by an order of that size will drasticly inflate the installed costs. Given the (usual) 30% load factor of wind in N. Texas and the back-up conventional units required will make the toatl costs about twice that estimate. Nukes’ energy costs per kwh should be about half that of this idea-but the tax credits and and General Electric’s increased stock price have to be considered.

  3. “the tax credits…have to be considered”

    Translation – just like all wind projects everywhere, this is entirely dependent on subsidies.

    Capital destruction, people, that’s what it is. Disguised, indirect, fashionable, but capital destruction nonetheless.

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