Pickens was not looking for help with his windmill farm, he already had the land and the money to develop. And as noted he has a lot of natural gas for the backup generators. What he wanted from the government was the transmission lines to hook up with the grid. This is the most difficult and expensive.
When he didn't get that he was pleading for the government to mandate the use of natural gas in vehicles and to create the nationwide fueling stations. Both very difficult and expensive.
One would have to ask why, considering the administration's leaning, they didn't jump on this.
Better to have someone like Palin as Secretary of the Interior, who has dealt with energy companies with drilling and pipeline issues.