Pickens reviving plans for West Texas wind projects

Boone Pickens is building a 377-megawatt wind farm in West Texas, three years after shelving plans for a project about 10 times as big that would’ve been the world’s largest.


Mesa Power Group, the Dallas-based renewable energy company that Pickens created in 2007, announced Wednesday that it is co-developing the Stephens Bor-Lynn wind farm with Wind Tex Energy. It will include 233 1.6-megawatt General Electric wind turbines.


Pickens will connect the farm to a transmission line set to be completed early next year.


In 2007, Mesa announced plans for a wind farm near Pampa, in the Texas Panhandle, which would have had four gigawatts of capacity. But two years later, it put the project on hold, citing a lack of adequate power lines.


“This is all part of the same deal,” GE spokeswoman Lindsay Theile said.


Stephens Bor-Lynn will deliver power on a transmission line being built by Wind Energy Transmission Texas, a joint venture between Brookfield Asset Management and Isolux Corsan Servicios, according to the statement.