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Texas General Land Office Signs Historic Coastal Lease to Develop Offshore Wind Energy

Link: Texas General Land Office Signs Historic Coastal Lease to Develop Offshore Wind Energy

Date: 10/24/2005

Location: Galveston, TX

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced the first offshore wind energy project in the United States will be built off the Texas coast. The multi-million dollar lease, signed with Louisiana-based Wind Energy Systems Technologies (W.E.S.T.), allows work to begin immediately on the construction of two meteorological towers. These towers will help gather data to determine exactly where the 150-MW wind energy development will be built on an 11,355-acre lease about seven miles off the coast of Galveston. Revenue from the agreement — expected to be at least $26.5 million — will be deposited in the state's Permanent School Fund, which helps pay for public education.

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