Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Pickens Plan :: More Detail

Okay, so T. Boone Pickens is building a big wind farm near Pampa, Texas with 2,700 wind turbines generating a combined total of 4,000 megawatts. The cost is estimated be $1.2 billion. In the construction business we call an estimate "an opinion of probable final cost". (grin)

So, to get wind power up to 20% of our total, that would be 9,600,000 MW (megawatts). So, we would have to build 2,400 wind farms just like this one at a cost of $2,880,000,000,000 (two trillion, eight hundred eighty billion dollars).

Damn! We're already over budget! Pickens said it could be done for $1.2 trillion.

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