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Texas to hold first sale for offshore wind-power leases

The wind in the offshore area "is not super-strong, but it's steady," Jim Suydam, a spokesman with the land office, said in an interview. "The wind blows hardest in the daytime," when power is most expensive, unlike West Texas, another area with wind farms that has the strongest wind at night, he said.

The winning bids will be announced Oct. 2

Texas, the top producer of wind power in the United States, will hold the nation's first competitive sale of leases for offshore wind-power facilities.

The state is seeking bids for four offshore tracts with a combined 73,098 acres, the Texas General Land Office said in a statement Thursday. There are currently no offshore wind-power facilities in the U.S.

The wind in the offshore area "is not super-strong, but it's steady," Jim Suydam, a spokesman with the land office, said in an interview. "The wind blows hardest in the daytime," when power is most expensive, unlike West Texas, another area with wind farms that has the strongest wind at night, he said.

Texas overtook California as the top wind-power-producing state last year, with wind turbines capable of generating 2,768 megawatts installed as of the end of 2006, according to the American Wind Energy Association. California had turbines that can generate 2,361 megawatts at the end of the year.

Texas previously negotiated two leases for offshore wind-power facilities. One lease is still effective, although wind turbines have yet to be erected in the area, Suydam said.

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The winning bids will be announced Oct. 2

Texas, the top producer of wind power in the United States, will hold the nation's first competitive sale of leases for offshore wind-power facilities.

The state is seeking bids for four offshore tracts with a combined 73,098 acres, the Texas General Land Office said in a statement Thursday. There are currently no offshore wind-power facilities in the U.S.

The wind in the offshore area "is not super-strong, but it's steady," Jim Suydam, a spokesman with the land office, said in an interview. "The wind blows hardest in the daytime," when power is most expensive, unlike West Texas, another area with wind farms that has the strongest wind at night, he said.

Texas overtook California as the top wind-power-producing state last year, with wind turbines capable of generating 2,768 megawatts installed as of the end of 2006, according to the American Wind Energy Association. California had turbines that can generate 2,361 megawatts at the end of the year.

Texas previously negotiated two leases for offshore wind-power facilities. One lease is still effective, although wind turbines have yet to be erected in the area, Suydam said.

The planned competitive sale of leases "is really the first test of the marketplace for this asset," he said. Texas is looking to lease more land for wind-power facilities to replace revenue that may be lost as supplies of oil and gas diminish, he said. The winning bids will be announced Oct. 2.

Companies that generate wind power in Texas include FPL Group Inc., while TXU Corp. is the state's largest purchaser of wind power.



Source: http://www.statesman.com/bu...

SEP 14 2007
http://www.windaction.org/posts/11040-texas-to-hold-first-sale-for-offshore-wind-power-leases
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