Wednesday, January 31, 2007

WEST in Wired
This month's Wired magazine features a three-page spread on New Iberia startup company Wind Energy Systems Technology (WEST). Founded by veteran oilman Herman Schellstede and Harold Schoeffler, of Schoeffler Cadillac, WEST plans to recycle decomissioned offshore oil platforms to mount some of the nation's first offshore wind turbines. After running into difficulties in Louisiana, WEST has found a much more welcome reception from energy regulators in Texas. Wired reports that WEST hopes to have a test turbine up this summer and a farm of 50 windmills spinning by the end of next year. While not nearly as established as other national and international green energy producers, reporter John Geoghegan writes that these "gulf coast good ol' boys" may still be ahead of the curve:

Formed in 2004, Wind Energy Systems Technology (WEST) is on track to commercialize offshore wind power well ahead of more established and better funded contenders with greener credentials. At $240 million and 150 megawatts of peak output—enough to power 45,000 homes—the project is modest. But the eyes of the alt-energy world are upon it. "WEST may not be in the mainstream, but they're definitely serious," says Walt Musial at the National Wind Technology Center in Colorado. "They might actually do it."

Tommy Lee Jones as Dave Robicheaux
In November, Production Weekly reported that James Lee Burke's 1993 novel In The Electric Mist with Confederate Dead would be made into a movie and filmed in Louisiana. Now Production Weekly reports that Tommy Lee Jones will star as Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux.

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