Zillionaire T. Boone Pickens has big ideas on how wind turbines can reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, and he is backing those ideas with a massive investment in wind farms. The 4,000 megawatt wind farm he is building in northern Texas will eventually produce enough power for 1.3 million homes. When completed, that power will be shipped over transmission lines operated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas system downstate to customers.
Pickens says the area stretching from Texas to the Canadian border is the “best wind corridor” in the world and that if cultivated properly could provide for up to 20 percent of U.S. energy needs and help make the United States less dependant on foreign oil. Pickins says the United States now imports 70 percent of all its oil, up from 24 percent in 1970. Click here for more information on the Pickins Plan or watch this video.