Galveston Wharves is helping fuel the state’s booming wind energy industry by moving wind turbine sections through the port. In turn, this clean-energy industry is generating port revenue and third-party jobs for stevedores, ship line handlers, ship pilots, railway workers, truck drivers and more.

The huge white cylinders and blades you see on our waterfront are imported from Spain, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia and headed to wind farms in Texas and Oklahoma.

Rodger Rees is Port of Galveston port director and chief executive officer.

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(5) comments

Wayne Holt

While certainly a big plus for the Port and the City of Galveston, one can't help but ponder the fact that the fabrication of these towers are being done in Spain, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia, as Mr. Rees mentioned. It's hard to believe that America has reached the point that we have to import our cutting edge manufactures from countries that are not even known for their high tech base (South Korea excluded).

I guess I should have seen the writing on the wall the first time I noticed Kool Aid was now produced in Mexico. It seems we aren't capable--or perhaps willing--to even mix artificial color and flavor together with ascorbic acid and put it in packets. We have to send that difficult assignment out of the country. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

I'm pleased our port is handling this lucrative business; I just wish the structures were coming from Milwaukee, or Birmingham, or Pittsburgh.

Bailey Jones

[thumbup] I'm no expert, but these giant chunks of metal don't seem like they are beyond the capability of American manufacturing. GE has manufactured the most capacity in the US, followed by Siemens (Germany / Spain) and Vestas (Denmark) - although I think these are reversed in the world market. I guess GE blades are being made overseas. If I was a president intent on increasing US manufacturing jobs, I think I'd be putting some leverage here.

Bailey Jones

This summer Texas has been spared the rolling brownouts we've seen in previous record hot years - and we can thank wind power for that. 25 gigawatts is nothing to sneeze at. I wish some intrepid entrepreneur would take advantage of the Texas coast offshore infrastructure capacity and energize our gulf.

Wayne Holt

Great suggestion. I keep waiting for visionaries to arrive on the political scene who understand that is precisely where we need to go...not to demonize legacy hydrocarbon industries but as a next logical step in providing abundant, clean energy.

I suggest you run for president on the Democrat ticket, Bailey. I'm sure you have enough Native American in your lineage to qualify as a front runner!

Bailey Jones

Not me. I'm lily white. And the old white man demographic is already pretty well represented.

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