Wind firm plans 200-turbine farm off Texas Gulf Coast

Associated Press

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas  – A wind energy company has proposed erecting up to 200 wind turbines off the Texas Gulf coast between Corpus Christi and Brownsville.

Houston-based Baryonyx Corp. has applied for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop the offshore wind farm.

One proposal would develop more than 26,000 acres off Mustang Island, just north of Padre Island near Corpus Christi. That site is being reviewed by the Pentagon for potential interference with operations at nearby Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.

Baryonyx expected a Defense Department report within the next three months, Senior Vice President Mark Leyland told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

If problems arise with that site, an alternate proposal would develop 45,000 acres in coastal waters off the southern third of Padre Island.

The turbines and pylons could mean new fabrication and storage jobs for the Corpus Christi-area economy, Leyland said.

“I really want to work with people to try and get this to work because I do see tremendous benefits for the local community,” he told the Caller-Times.

NAS Corpus Christi spokesman Bob Torres said station commanders had no comment, for now, on the project. However, Patrick Paddock, deputy operations officer at nearby Naval Air Station Kingsville, said he did not think initial Baryonyx plans to erect a few test turbines would affect NAS Kingsville operations significantly.

Turbines erected in San Patricio County, north of Corpus Christi, have caused false echoes on Navy radar because they are arranged in different directions and too close together. A large number of widely spaced turbines can cause less of a problem, Paddock said.

“What we ask is all the developers come to us early and work with us and decide if there are issues,” Paddock said. He said Baryonyx has shown considerable willingness to work with the Navy.

Leyland estimates that the wind project, fully developed, could generate 3 gigawatts of electric power. Each gigawatt is enough to power about 250,000 homes, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times

40 Comments

  1. MrProgressive

    Sounds like a good deal all around. Jobs for construction and enough power for 750,000 homes. And best of all, we don’t have to buy the wind from countries that hate us.

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  2. Donald

    If this wind farm powers the local area, it would be a boon. It would also serve well in a national grid emergency if the power went out for some reason and the area could be disconnected from the main grid so the locals would have power anyway. Would stop attackers from disabling the whole country at once.

    #2
  3. First Ammendment

    Its about time someone decided to use the wind comming off the Gulf for wind power. Galveston should have turbines too and possibly all along the Texas coast.

    #3
  4. lab-handler

    Ted Kennedy is down with this plan. So is Al (send me all your money) Gore

    #4
  5. tejanoneck

    fight the giants – big ugly bird killers

    #5
  6. Beastman

    A more productive way to use those 45,000 acres would be drilling for oil. The article does not mention it, but I wonder how much taxpayers will be subsidizing this. We will all pay for the green dreams and profits of others.

    #6
  7. Trail Trash

    Are they required to file an environmental impact report the same as offshore drillers? What kind of impact is this going to have on sea birds?

    #7
  8. KTJackson

    This project will destroy the value of my beachfront property in Port Aransas. I plan to seek an injunction to stop this crap. If residents won’t allow this off the coast of New England, why should we despoil our coastline to benefit them? There is plenty of natural gas in Texas, why not build gas fired generation plants all over the state?

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  9. DaveInTheMedCtr

    One – At what cost to the taxpayer? Two – What happens when a hurricane wipes these out?

    #9
  10. sunflower44

    The usual naysayers out fighting tooth and nail against any type of energy that doesn’t produce pollution. Those oil companies get plenty of breaks from our government with record profits so go after them if you just have to go after someone.

    #10
  11. SaltWaterCroc

    First, they are designed to withstand high winds. Second, the long term subsidies from taxpayers are far less than those currently for oil. Third, when one of these towers blows out, you don’t have to shut down the entire Gulf Coast. It wouldn’t even impact the beach or tourism. Finally, they have done studies on migrating birds. Spaced properly, there is no effect. Now, if they could incorporate solar into those towers (Bluenergy Solarwind turbines come to mind), then you would be all set.

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  12. AntiWorldNut

    OH how pretty this picture is! Now imagine 1000 of them. Maybe that will provide enough power for Port Aransas (except when the wind doesn’t blow). Surely we can conserve and do without power occasionally. Puff Puff – the making of a great economy. Vote out all the idiots NOW.

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  13. Carbon.Dreams

    the natural beauty will be devastated. I would rather keep the beauty and not have the power or money

    #13
  14. decook2k

    DaveInTheMedCtr, here are my best answers to your questions.

    Q1. At what cost to the taxpayer?
    A. Best estimate is nearly 300% of what would be the normal cost if this were a purely private sector project, without any involvement of the federal government.

    Q2. What happens when a hurricane wipes these out?
    A. See answer 1.

    #14
  15. Not Convinced

    I am suspicious. I have yet to hear/read of any notable success of any wind farm. On the other hand, what I do read about is lower than expected energy production, dead birds, etc.

    #15
  16. Chronic

    Current wind turbine technology pays for itself after 3 months of continuous use.

    It’s about time America got to building offshore wind farms.

    Northern Europe already has 50 or somesuch.

    #16
  17. hT

    NNNNoooo!!!!!

    #17
  18. WD

    1st hurricane will take ‘em all out.

    #18
  19. bg

    Let’s talk about TRANSMISSION. Is this gonna be like the farms north of Abilene where they don’t have sufficient transmission lines? HALF of those units are idled due to lack of transmission lines. Don’t even get me started on how bad they look.

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  20. bigfishh

    Nice idea but what is needed is answers to basic obvious questions:
    1. How will these stand up to a hurricane?
    2. How much will the power cost compared to present power?
    3. how much of a taxpayer financed subsidy will they receive?
    4. Who will manufacture the hardware? If it does not come from the USA, any subsidy or tax credit needs to be redudced or eliminated entirely.

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  21. disheveled1

    The #1 killer of birds in the world is cats.

    #21
  22. duderino

    I wonder if this would be “sustainable” without the huge subsidies.

    #22
  23. DavidinPearland

    There coming people if you like it or not……That’s why some of this is in my portfolio…..Why fight it when you can make a little money from it!!!!

    #23
  24. airdale

    Last time I looked hurricane’s can take out oil riga also and cripple gas powered plants too. It’s cheap, clean energy for a growing country…..do it.

    #24
  25. PokeSalet

    Why don’t we just drill instead? We have that technology & plenty of experienced individuals available. This is just about environmentalism being rammed down our throats.

    #25
  26. Ted Kennedy

    I am in favor of all alternate energy sources like wind farms as long as they are not with view from my beaches.

    #26
  27. CYFAIRDOG

    As fossile fuels get more expensive to produce, these forms of renewable energy will be more attractive. China is already pushing wind and solar big time. I guess that we could wait and buy that from them, too.

    #27
  28. DandyDon_dd

    We NEED Nuke Plants, not Unicorn Breath Power….
    Please Get Real!

    #28
  29. georgex

    Texas already produces more electricity from wind turbines than any other state which is something to be proud of. There is a lot of coast line available for these wind towers that could give us energy without pollution or the dangers of oil seepage from blowouts. Certainly, I would prefer to see these instead of the proposed coal-fired plant at Matagora.

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  30. 42

    EXACTLY the sort of energy technology we should be encouraging! Goodness knows the petroleum industry gets more than enough support.

    Good luck to Baryonyx Corp.!

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  31. Paula

    Saltwatercroc — You are a liar. The subsidies, our tax dollars, that Obama and the dimwits are giving to these wind farms and solar energy is much more than to oil co’s.
    The oil co’s are receiving tax credits and not tax subsidies – actual tax dollars.

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  32. RO

    Right Wing Nut jobs won’t like this!

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  33. Rabert

    First, the so-called bird problem is a myth .. the number of birds hurt is a tiny fraction of 1%. Second, messing up the scenery? They will be located too far off-shore to do that. Third, it’s green. Fourth, great boost to the economy.

    There is no downside if the installation and maintenance is properly planned.

    #33
  34. Campbell

    These windblades are made in either India or Brazil, so I doubt any fabrication jobs will be created.

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  35. Rick

    They should build a wind farm in Washington, D. C., right in the Beltway. There’s more hot air coming from there than any other place on the planet.

    #35
  36. Maddie

    This is a perfect place to install the wind turbines. Having spent many a vacation there, it qualifies. No reasonable person would object to a source of additional electricity (only if they have a political agenda.

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  37. David Gower

    They need to mount lots of lights and maybe some cleats to tie off to down near the waterline. Those big moving blades might help scare off some of the birds while you are fishing too. Maybe a shore power plug would be good so you could power your ac or refrigerator. They need some closer to Galveston and need to have clusters every 20 miles or so from here all the way to Brownsville. Next year they could add some from here to New Orleans. The year after that add those from New Orleans to Florida. I’m all for it. When will they be ready?

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  38. georgex

    The more the merrier with these turbines along the Gulf coast.

    #38
  39. Jefff

    Nobody complained about the lack of transmission lines when they built the South Texas nuclear power plant 200 miles from nowhere. If this installation uses the new 10 megawatt turbines from American Superconductor instead of the popular 4 MW units that are made in foreign countries like Denmark, Germany and China, it will produce as much electricity as that nuclear plant, without the problem of where to put its toxic nuclear waste and without the permanent destruction of land created by uranium mining. Nor will it use coal imported from out of state and consume cooling water that Texas farmers need to grow crops for us so we don’t need to eat stuff shipped all the way from Brazil, as the White Stallion plant is going to do.

    #39
  40. SilverWings

    Oh this is terrible. These turbines will totally ruin the pristine views we have of all our beautiful offshore oil rigs.

    #40