’50 turbines to be designed to power about 40,000 homes.’ Doesn’t it sound very eco-friendly? The Texas Land Office has announced such a deal with a Louisiana contractor. As affordable energy alternative still missing in the United States , the turbines will stand about 10 miles offshore, enough to preserve the treasured view but close enough to make coastal wind power. If the state’s Land Office Commissioner has his way, wind turbines supplying energy to homes and businesses will one day line Texas’ 376-mile coastline.
Wind energy is needed. Never mind the high construction and transmission costs. Wind energy’s clean and less dependency on oil and natural gas is gaining and will surely sustain momentum. To add to the optimism, the federal tax breaks for developers and the rising cost of natural gas used to generate power also enhance wind energy’s future fiscal benefits. But, some environmentalists worry about disrupting the ecosystem and economists warn that offshore projects will cost more to build than onshore wind farms.