Shame on us, liberalistas. We let Texas beat us to the punch. Instead of getting behind Cape Wind (code name for the proposed offshore wind farm at Cape Cod), the Kennedy’s and many well-heeled NIMBY’s instead chose to challenge it, delaying the site’s eventual construction by over a decade. Cape Wind got regulatory approval finally, but the delay meant that Texas snuck in to become the first state in the U.S. to jump on the offshore wind bandwagon. It’s about time. Offshore wind has come to be known around the world as a steady, reliable, affordable, and clean source of electricity.
The new power station will be a 12 MW installation off the coast of Galveston, adding to Texas’s already substantial 10,000 MW of onshore wind capacity. BC Upham first reported on this achievement midway through 2010, citing that the state had hit its renewable portfolio goals 15 years ahead of schedule.
The lesson here, though, is that if we are to win as a nation and as a network of local economies that are self-sufficient, obstacles to sustainable development need to be removed. Texas cited its stable long term economy and business-friendly policies.
Sometimes these policies draw the ire of liberals because they favor industry, but this announcement shows that sometimes it works the other way. There is now egg on the face of all those upper crust do-gooders in New England.
Scott Cooney is the author of Build a Green Small Business (McGraw-Hill), and covers green business strategy on GreenBusinessOwner.com.
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