I think we all knew this was coming but last year it was one of the rallying cries on how we were going to get off oil. Once the smoke cleared and the election was over the cold hard truth set in. You just can't stick some windmills up and start getting power without a lot of overhead and work to get it going before you even see any savings. This reminds me of what happened here in NY when the town I live in made the code so that if you put one up it wouldn't be nearly high enough to benefit from the wind to save you anything. Words are great but you better be ready to back them up. I think I remember Hillary saying something like that in the Primary.
Pellegrine From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined Mar 2007, 2523 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2100 times:
Pickens did everything one man could. His plan is a victim of regulation and poor infrastructure. Of course if you build 1-4 nuclear reactors worth of wind turbines in a remote area you need huge transmission capacity.
RFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2015 times:
This is just another salvo in Pickens plan for building a privately held electrical transmission network across north Texas financed by taxpayers and eminent domain takeovers of private land for the transmission lines.
Quote: He'd hoped to build his own transmission lines but he said there were technical problems.
It is aimed at the Texas Legislature which needs to authorize him that ability. He was turned down by the legislature recently, but they have now started the normal special session every sixty days.
Pickens is not willing to use the existing power grid infrastructure to distribute his power like other wind producers are using. Yes, there would have to be some upgrades to handle large amounts of new generated power, but not a wholesale replacement.
Pickens will accept nothing less than new transmission lines from the panhandle down along the Red River to the north Texas area near Fort Worth. Pickens insists that his company own the lines, and unlike many high voltage transmission lines, his privately held company must own the land over which the lines travel. He says he must have eminent domain authority to take over land at 'reasonable values'.
He also want ERCOT, the Texas statewide power management system, to provide funding to build the transmission lines via taxpayer supported bonds. But his company will own the transmission network. Not ERCOT or the taxpayers.
Quoting L-188 (Reply 2): It was a poor buisness plan to start with.
Quoting Klaus (Reply 4): The business plan depended largely on rising energy costs.
Pickens said early on that for this plan to be economically viable, the price of oil has to be above $80 per barrel.