The First Offshore Wind Turbine In The U.S. May Be Off The Coast Of… Texas?
Coastal Point Energy is on track to test an offshore turbine off the coast of Galveston by the end of this year. Over the next decade, Coastal Point anticipates spending $720 million on a 300 MW wind farm. Cape Wind, should it ever be built, will be a 468 MW project.
The Texas project still has at least one more regulatory hurdle to deal with, according to Offshore Wind Wire. But the whole regulatory process is much easier in Texas than in Massachusetts–or anywhere else in the country.
Unlike Cape Wind, which had to get regulatory approval from the Minerals Management Service, Coastal Point’s project only needed to get approval from the Texas General Land Office. This is because the Texas Republic boundary extends 10.3 miles offshore (due to a stipulation from when the Texas republic joined the U.S.), while it extends just three miles offshore everywhere else in the U.S. So while the Cape Wind project went through 10 years of debates, the Galveston project was able to go from nomination to bid in four months, explains Popular Mechanics.