Texas to Become First State with Offshore Wind Energy

October 6, 2010


The First Texas Offshore Wind Energy Roundtable (TOWER) Conference in Houston to Feature Major Players from the Wind Sector

Houston, Texas – October 6, 2010: The first offshore wind energy turbine in the United States will be installed off the Texas coast near Galveston Island in late 2010. The 2.75 MW turbine is a precursor to the 300 MW Galveston Wind Project and 3500 MW of areas already leased for Texas offshore wind operations.

According to the latest reports from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. has the potential to generate over 4,150 gigawatts of energy from offshore wind, which would fulfill four times the current energy demand through wind energy. “Texas has many favorable conditions, such as its own transmission network and plant sites in a 10 mile zone off of its coast. This area is governed by Texas state laws, making it unlike any other U.S. state since it does not need the approval of the Department of the Interior. This creates many opportunities for entering the ever growing wind industry,” said Jan Wiedemann, Managing Director of the German American Chamber of Commerce in Houston, Texas.  The NREL also projects that Texas has the potential to generate 1.06 gigawatts of energy within this 10 mile zone.

The first Texas Offshore Wind Energy Roundtable (TOWER) Conference and the Offshore Wind Law (OWL) Conference will be held from October 19-22, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  The four-day, joint-conference will evaluate the potential of Texas’s offshore wind energy market and address the expected wind energy boom in the Gulf of Mexico. The conference has attracted the interest of many key players in the off-shore wind industry, including: E.ON Climate & Renewables Europe, SIEMENS, Hochtief, Vestas, Thales and Siag, all of which have confirmed their participation and support.

Among other speakers, the conference will feature Michael Lewis, Managing Director of E.ON Climate and Renewables Europe, who will speak about their experiences as a European offshore wind energy supplier. William Keating, General Manager Sales North America of Vestas Offshore, will also highlight state-of-the-art technological capabilities and experiences in offshore wind from the perspective of a turbine manufacturer.

The conference is organized jointly by the German American Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse and is supported by the Texas General Land Office (GLO), Texas Wide Open for Business, the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA), the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), the German Wind Energy Association and the German Energy Agency, as well as Continental Airlines.

Further information about the conference, including registration information, can be found on its website: www.tower-conference.com.

Contact Person:

Julia Schulz
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc.
1900 West Loop South, Suite 1185
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: +1 (832) 384-1211
Fax: +1 (713) 715-6599
E-Mail: jschulz@gaccsouth.com
URL: www.gacctexas.com

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About the German American Chambers of Commerce:

The German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco all work together under the AHK USA network.. With approximately 2,500 members and an extensive national and international business network, the GACCs offer a broad spectrum of activities and services. AHKs are closely connected to the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs) in Germany.  The German Chamber Network (AHK) provides experience, connections, and services worldwide through 120 locations in 80 countries. 

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US (GACC South), Texas office, works mainly with companies in the energy sector, especially in Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency, and organizes several annual conferences and other events in these fields.

About the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse:

The Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse (www.texaswindclearinghouse.us) is a private, statewide alliance of stakeholders in the Texas wind energy industry.  Its members cover the full geography of the state and include ports, railroads, colleges & universities, counties, school districts, attorneys, ranchers & farmers, heavy manufacturers, small businesses, wind companies, economic development corporations, among others.

The Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse works with its members to provide many services to the Texas industry, including organizing several annual conferences across the state; promoting the state’s capabilities through national & international media; participating in trade shows in North America and Europe; assisting domestic and international manufacturing & service company expansions; and more.

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