Dallas – While the Gulf Coast water is being replaced by oil, wind power took a big step in Texas. The Windpower 2010 Convention took place May 24-26 at the Dallas Convention Center. Texas already claims to generate more electricity from wind than any other state.
Participants in the convention passed by a single wind turbine blade that was mounted on trailers near the entrance. It was around 80 feet long! Inside, one of the biggest booths was run by Wind Power Industry Group Co, LTD, which is one of the largest turbine manufacturers in China. They told local officials that they are hoping to establish a manufacturing facility in the Dallas area. North Texas already has a large number of aircraft manufacturers skilled in producing strong and light aerodynamic metal structures.
Oilman and ex-President GW Bush, who lives in the richest area of Dallas, spoke to the convention. He claimed credit for both Texas and U.S. advances in the use of alternative energy sources, according to the local paper.
Outside the convention entrance, activists passed out handbills demanding that new construction jobs should should be fair to construction workers. Some of them were from a group that targets a major sub-contractor, Great Western Erectors.