Offshore Wind Power Coming To Texas
Looks like the first offshore project in the US may not be in either Massacusetts (Cape Wind) or New York (LIPA) but farther south and west in Texas. Why? Because Galveston Offshore Wind has just entered into a land lease deal with the state of Texas to lease lands offshore to site a windfarm, according to this article,
Wind farms expected to grow off Texas (Steve Quinn, AP 11/6/05). Because it entered the nation as a sovereign state, Texas retained title to offshore lands twelve miles from shore. Thus, Texas controls leasing as opposed to MMS.
According to the article, the company is investing between $250 million and $300 million in the project and the turbines will come online perhaps as early as 2009. For more information on the Texas offshore project, you can view this article from Renewable Energy Access .