Wind Power News: Texas
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
In Texas, we value our military and the role military bases serve our communities. According to the governor’s Texas Military Preparedness Commission, they contribute more than $136 billion annually to our economy. Our military is among the leading industries in the state, and as vital to Texas as the $170 billion oil and gas industry, according to Texas Comptroller calculations, and the $100 billion economic impact provided by agriculture. The 15 military installations spread across Texas help keep us secure . . .
Another trip to Austin by South Texas military support groups petitioning the Legislature for help in limiting development of wind farms within close proximity to our military bases and another opportunity to witness the influence of the wind industry on our Texas legislators. Tuesday’s hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee included testimony by another military base leader, in uniform, asking for help in limiting development of a wind farm. Lt Col. Matthew Manning, director of operations at Sheppard . . .
Wichita Falls Mayor, Stephen Santellana, is doing everything he can to prevent wind farms from being built near Sheppard Air Force Base. Mayor Santellana was in Austin, Texas testifying for Representative James Frank Wednesday on a bill that would stop tax incentives from going to wind farms. The Mayor testified to the House Ways and Means Committee and focused on economic impact. His testimony was not just focused on the negative impact it would have on the Wichita Falls economy, . . .
AUSTIN – In an effort to give local and state authorities some say-so about whether giant wind farms can be built near military aviation bases in Texas, a Wichita Falls lawmaker is pushing a bill that would prevent such projects from getting a break on their property taxes. House Bill 445 was drafted in response to a renewable energy project planned within 25 miles of Sheppard Air Force Base. But the author of the legislation, state Rep, James Frank of . . .
The debate over wind farms and military readiness is going on today in Austin and Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana is there lending his support to a bill that would limit wind farms around military installations. House Bill 445 authored by Wichita Falls State Representative James Frank aims to halt wind farm projects that are within 30 miles of a military airspace and would eliminate incentives offered to companies that choose to build in those areas. Texas is the top . . .
A bill in the Texas Legislature that would prohibit wind energy developers from receiving tax credits if they developed a wind farm within 34.5 miles of a military base received support and opposition Tuesday during a hearing at the House Ways & Means Committee. Rep. James Frank, R-Wichita Falls, presented House Bill 445 to the bipartisan panel. The bill was filed after officials at Sheppard Air Force Base and the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee approached him with concerns over the . . .
RAYMONDVILLE – There is a new deal on the table in Willacy County – the bigger the wind farm, the sweeter the tax break. Yesterday, Willacy County commissioners offered property tax breaks ranging from 80 to 85 percent to EDF Energy, a London-based company planning to build 70 to 100 wind turbines along the county’s southeastern edge. This latest wind farm is expected to reap a windfall in property tax revenue for the Lyford school district. But the amount of property tax . . .
Corpus Christi City Council voted Tuesday to de-annex some 16 square miles on this city’s southside after approving an agreement that would stop windfarm development in that area for the next 25 years. One more Council vote will make the decision final. The vote came after Council members approved an agreement with Enbridge Energy, the company that purchased the Chapman Ranch windfarm project from Apex Energy. The agreement means the developer commits not to construct wind turbines taller than 100 . . .
With a 3-1 approval, solar panels regulations were passed on Tuesday by the Celina City Council. The original agenda item proposed regulations for both solar panels and wind energy systems. However, when a council member moved to approve the regulations as originally presented, the motion was not seconded. After amending the standards to only solar panel usage and prohibiting wind turbines altogether, the item passed with only one vote in opposition. Council members expressed noise concerns and felt that the . . .
Ingersoll Township describes itself as a well-established, peaceful township with wooded areas in the northern part of the township and extensive farmland in the south, providing an open, rural environment. That southern portion is being eyed for wind turbines. “The sad result of an undertaking like this is that it often produces opposing sides that are not easily reconciled,” Ingersoll Township Supervisor Chuck Tabb said. “The biggest concern I have is that it will take a township, a community, that . . .