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T. Boone Pickens to Sell Off 667 Wind Turbines

Sarah Lozanova | Wednesday July 15th, 2009 | 11 Comments

As part of the first phase to build a 4,000 MW wind farm in the Texas panhandle, Pickens ordered 667 turbines from GE. These turbines are to be ready in 2010 and 2011, but the wind farm was called off due to funding and transmission problems. Now that’s a boondoggle.

The economy and the wind energy market were very different just over a year ago when this order was placed. The wind industry was booming and a massive 8,900 MW of wind energy capacity was installed in 2008 in North America – this represents 40% of all total new capacity. Steel prices were sky high and demand greatly exceeded turbine supply. Prices soared and it was difficult to buy small quantities of turbines.


Kathy Belyeu, manager of industry information services for the American Wind Energy Association, says:

In the heat of all the development that was going on last year, there was definitely the feeling that smaller projects were getting squeezed. If you weren’t able to go to the turbine manufacturer and purchase a big quantity of turbines, they weren’t really going to talk to you.

Now Pickens wants to unload these turbines, either by creating some smaller wind farms or by selling them off. He is looking for buyers in the Midwest or in Canada. These turbines have a rotor diameter of 77 meters however and are ideally suited for areas with higher wind speeds. Although the Midwest has a decent transmission grid for wind farms, it lacks the strong wind speeds that are optimal for these turbines.

Pickens is not the only person with a bunch of turbines on his hands and a stalled project. “Some of the cheapest turbines these days are available when another company pre-ordered the them, still has a slot and is trying to resell them off themselves,” says Wes Slaymaker, owner of WES Engineering

This predicament may help mid-scale wind projects to thrive, which previously couldn’t obtain big name turbines when the market was really booming. “The municipal utility company I’m working with in Illinois is looking at General Electric and Vestas turbines, some of the common name turbines and they are looking at buying them for much less than a year ago,” says Slaymaker.

Greater turbine availability and lower prices are major factors in the wind energy market at the moment, but financing still remains a major hurdle.


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  • Mike C

    Would you say there is a glut of turbines or just a lot of un started orders? I have connection with a moderate to small trucking company in the southwest that is looking into hauling large turbines to sights but in today’s market this segment seems a bit volital and the manufactures aren’t able to give any definite decisions

  • michaeltminginfel

    Hafa adai from the Island of Guam Mr. Pickens,

    My name is Michael Minginfel from the US Island of Guam in the Pacific. I am sure that you are aware of the US Military Base in Okinawa Japan closing down and is being transfered to Guam. This will increase the island population dramatically and require additional resources such as our energy which is presently petrolium based.

    I see a great opportunity for wind turbine energy here to support our aging power plants and dependency on oil. I am humbly requesting if you can assist me with your great idea and resources starting with just one wind turbine. I am able to get all the permits required through the governer and a place for it near the power plant that is always windy.

    I hope that this message will get to you so I can communicate to you directly regarding this request.

    Respectfully,
    Michael

    • Texas Willie

      Mr. Pickens is quite aware of Guam, thank you.

      I don't think it is wise to ask for a free wind turbine just because one recognizes the obvious.

      This is a Texas businessman, not an Arabian Muslim royalty. His interest will be in business opportunity, not social engineering.

    • pedro garza

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  • James shugrue

    I have people in Mexico That would like to talk to you about buying the wind turbine and also help with the wind plan.We have not only connection with government entities/mayors but also we are currently entertaining other energy programs in the country. We are ready have gas sations but would like to get into the wind deal. Let me know if you can help or if Mr Pinkens would be interested in Mexico.

    • windturbines

      I have NEW Turbines available in the 0.9 MW range through 2,5MWatt.

      Feel free to contact me at Saunders.EMC@Gmail.com.

      I will be bringing another 900KW unit on line ~15 March 2010 in Wisconsin. Site photos and full specs will be available for you. I could probably arrange for you to see this installation if you are serious.

      Respectfully;

      J. R. Saunders
      Field Service Engineering
      AETI
      713.294.2478

  • vincentkaminwindfreedesigns

    What are the costs for the 50,000 kilowatt size turbines? Do we have to buy the order from GE or do you have them in stock down there?

  • Mark Rothenberg

    Have the tubines been sold ?

  • Mark Rothenberg

    Have the tubines been sold ?

  • windturbines

    I have NEW Turbines available in the 0.9 MW range through 2,5MWatt.

    Feel free to contact me at Saunders.EMC@Gmail.com.

    I will be bringing another 900KW unit on line ~15 March 2010 in Wisconsin. Site photos and full specs will be available for you. I could probably arrange for you to see this installation if you are serious.

    Respectfully;

    J. R. Saunders
    Field Service Engineering
    AETI
    713.294.2478

  • Mr. Don Lee

    My name is Don Lee and i live here in maryland. I am just an poor individual man whom have interest on wind mill projects for some time. I think that those thin tooth pick like wind mill blade are not quite suficiant, utilising only like 5% of the wind that passes by.

    I can design wind mills that woud Be about one hundred times more power full than those tooth pick blade for the cost of about 4 to 5 times, will hve too be eassy to maintain. We make small boat for 1 or 2 people, or we build a gigentic croosers. why not wind mills. If you are interest to hear more about it please send email, or call to 410-671-4123 and leave massages. and i need your Mr. Pickese’s Miling adddress.

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