Largest U.S. Wind Farm to Power Nuclear Weapons Work

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 15, 2013, 10:02 a.m.

On Tues­day, con­struc­tion began in Texas on what will be the largest wind farm in the United States — and one that is to play a role in nuc­le­ar weapons work, Time re­por­ted.

In­stead of provid­ing green en­ergy to sur­round­ing towns and mu­ni­cip­al­it­ies, the wind farm’s five 2.3 mega­watt wind tur­bines will con­trib­ute power to the Pan­tex plant, a fa­cil­ity “charged with se­cur­ing Amer­ica by provid­ing the na­tion’s nuc­le­ar de­terrent,” the news ser­vice quotes the fa­cil­ity’s web­site as stat­ing. The U.S. gov­ern­ment uses Pan­tex for the as­sembly and dis­as­sembly of atom­ic war­heads.

The pro­ject “will be fun­ded by the en­ergy sav­ings guar­an­teed by Siemens,” Pan­tex has said. Sav­ings are es­tim­ated to be around $50 mil­lion over an 18-year peri­od, ac­cord­ing to Time.

“The Pan­tex wind farm is pro­jec­ted to gen­er­ate ap­prox­im­ately 47 mil­lion [kilo­watt hours] of clean en­ergy an­nu­ally, which is great­er than 65 per­cent of Pan­tex’s an­nu­al elec­tri­city needs,” Time cites Pan­tex as say­ing. Ad­di­tion­ally, the plant will re­duce car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions by over 35,000 met­ric tons per year.

Earli­er in the year, the Am­arillo-based plant was un­der scru­tiny from aud­it­ors, who warned that an aging se­cur­ity sys­tem at the nuc­le­ar-weapon fa­cil­ity could be­come dys­func­tion­al.  

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