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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

August 3, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms threaten West Texas river, Air Force routes

COMSTOCK – Exactly how the Devils River got its forbidding name is lost to history, but there is little doubt the harsh terrain and fierce natives who once reigned here played a role. “It is far from any habitation, in a barren waste surrounded by hostile Comanches, but it is a beautiful place,” noted one early visitor. A century and a half later, the natural beauty remains and the rushing, spring-fed Devils owns the reputation as the last unspoiled river in . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Upgrades coming: Commissioners OK road use agreement for Wolf Ridge Wind

Upgrades to Wolf Ridge Wind Farm are coming, Cooke County Precinct 4 Commissioner Leon Klement says. During a Cooke County Commissioners’ Court meeting Monday, July 27, Klement told county officials and others in attendance that the wind farm north of Muenster is going to put all new blades on its generators. “And I think change some of gearing up, make them a little more efficient and modernize the blades, I think they wear out over a period of time,” Klement . . . Complete story »

July 25, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Planned wind farm blows gap between Pawnee residents

PAWNEE – There are perhaps few issues that are as polarizing in the Pawnee area as Helena Wind LLC’s planned wind farm. The company is a subsidiary of multinational green energy company Orsted, which is based in Denmark. According to Helena Wind’s application for a tax-value limitation that was approved by the state comptroller, plans are to invest $241.6 million to erect 60 wind turbines – 48 in the Pawnee Independent School District, 12 in the Pettus ISD – that . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Game Ranch Fire continues to burn in Nolan County 5 days later, land owners worried

NOLAN COUNTY, Texas – Shane Robertson is upset that a wind turbine caught fire on his 1,200 acre land and burned about 300 acres of his property. “I’m still grateful for what they do and produce and income and economy that they provide for our area, but at the same time they have to be safe,” said Robertson. The Game Ranch Fire is located north of FM 89 near the Nolan/Taylor County line. It started Monday afternoon and was still considered . . . Complete story »

July 17, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Gate 5, Buffalo Creek, Game Ranch fires burn thousands of acres across Concho Valley

BRADY – Multiple wildfires have scorched thousands of acres across the Concho Valley in the past three days fueled by dry brush and temperatures reaching above 100 degrees. The Game Ranch Fire has burned over 3,000 acres north of San Angelo and is at 90% containment. The Buffalo Creek Fire burned over 3,500 acres south of Brownwood before being brought under control by firefighters. The largest, the Gate 5 Fire burning north of Brady, has torched over 10,000 acres and was . . . Complete story »

July 15, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine sparks wildfire in Nolan County

NOLAN COUNTY, Texas – Firefighters battled a wildfire in Nolan County. Sweetwater Fire Chief said the Game Ranch Fire, located just north of FM 89 near the Nolan/Taylor County line, was sparked by a wind turbine. As of Monday evening, the fire had burned 1,500 acres, and was 30-percent contained. The Texas A&M Forest Service is working with Sweetwater FD, Lake Sweetwater VFD, Mulberry Canyon VFD and Nolan County VFD to put out the fire. Complete story »

July 14, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine sparks raging wildfire

SWEETWATER, TX – A wind turbine in Nolan County sparked a wildfire Monday just north of FM 89 near the county line. According to KTXS, as of Monday evening, the fire burned 1,500 acres and was only about 30-percent contained. Multiple volunteer fire departments and the Texas A&M Forest Service are fighting the fire including Sweetwater FD, Lake Sweetwater VFD, Mulberry Canyon VFD, and Nolan County VFD. Complete story »

July 13, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Multiple agencies fighting wildfires in Nolan, Taylor counties

UPDATE The Mulberry Creek Fire south of Merkel in Taylor County is estimated to be 500 acres and 100% contained, as of 10 p.m. Monday, according to a social media update from the Texas A&M Forest Service. ORIGINAL STORY The Taylor County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas A&M Forest Service reported several wildfires in the area Monday afternoon. The sheriff’s office reported a grass fire in the 5100 block of Farm to Market 89 just after 3 p.m., with Nolan . . . Complete story »

July 13, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Comptroller OKs tax abatement for wind farm

PAWNEE – The state Comptroller’s Office has approved a tax-abatement application for a wind farm planned for north Bee County that could bring 60 turbines generating as much as 252 megawatts of electricity. Helena Wind LLC sought a certificate of limitation on appraised value from maintenance and operations property taxes billed by the Pawnee Independent School District, which approved its portion of the application in January. According to the application, the company proposes a 25,000-acre project area, which Helena Wind . . . Complete story »

July 11, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

County leaders mull wind project

REFUGIO – Representatives of RWE Renewables updated the Refugio County Commissioners Court on the proposed Blackjack Creek Wind Farm which would be located in portions of Refugio and Bee counties. The wind farm would be located in land that is part of the Woodsboro Independent School District, as well as property within both the Beeville and Skidmore-Tynan school districts. The company, which previously did business as E.ON, currently has a 220 megawatt wind park already located in Refugio County. The . . . Complete story »

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