in News Departments > Projects & Contracts
print the content item

Wind Energy Systems Technology LLC (WEST), based in New Iberia, La., has been awarded the first four competitively bid leases for offshore wind power in U.S. history, according to the Texas General Land Office (GLO), which issued the leases.

The leases allow work to begin immediately on the construction of meteorological testing towers on each of the four tracts. WEST already holds the nation's only offshore lease for wind power and is collecting data for a wind farm off the coast of Galveston, the Texas GLO adds.

Following the research phase of the leases, WEST will begin to develop wind farms on each of the four tracts. If winds are favorable, WEST plans to build wind farms that will produce a minimum of 250 MW to 300 MW per lease. Once the wind farms are operational, the Texas GLO continues, W.E.S.T. will pay the state’s Permanent School Fund a minimum of $132 million over the 30-year life of the leases, discounted for the present value of the leases.

"Wind energy is not a feel-good fad," says Jerry Patterson, Texas GLO commissioner. "This is real technology, real business, real energy, and it's happening right here in Texas."


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Federal Appeals Court Finds Obama's Wind Farm Decision Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled that the U.S. government violated the constitutional rights of Chinese-owned Ralls Corp. when ordering the divestment of four Oregon wind farms.


Renewables Make Up Over 50% Of New U.S. Power In First Half Of 2014

According to a recent government report, renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, continue to dominate new electric generating capacity.


Suzlon Facility Lends Key Assist In Developing 'The Wind Technicians Of Tomorrow'

The turbine manufacturer’s Elgin, Ill.-based training facility is the culmination of a program that puts a new twist on a proven method of instruction.


Having Their Say: CanWEA Clarifies True Source Of Canadian Wind Success

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) takes issue with a recent report summary regarding various renewable energy policies in North America.


FWS Issues Landmark Eagle Take Permit: What Does It Mean For Wind Projects?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) recent decision has far-ranging implications for operating wind farms, as well as for those under development.

Navigant_id1983
Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984