Lack of transmission lines has forced Boone Pickens to shift the location of a proposed wind farm from Texas to Minnesota and Canada. The legendary energy executive had hoped to break ground on the world’s largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle in 2011 but has been forced to postpone any plans in the Lone Star State until such a time when the requisite transmission lines are put in place.

The 81-year-old is the driving force behind the Pickens Plan, a comprehensive plan to end America’s dangerous addiction to foreign oil by utilizing domestic energy resources such as natural gas, nuclear power, and solar energy. Pickens is adamant in his belief in the opportunity afforded by wind energy – he has called the Great Plains “the Saudi Arabia of wind” – and will take delivery of 300 General Electric turbines in 2011 for use on wind farms in Minnesota and Canada.