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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.

January 18, 2018 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Starr County OKs wind-farm company’s settlement payment

RIO GRANDE CITY – Starr County commissioners approved a $140,000 payment from Duke Energy, a company that constructed three wind farm projects in the area, as part of a settlement agreement. The settlement was the conclusion of a legal dispute over the tax abatement agreement. The county filed a lawsuit against DEGS Wind, subsidiary of Duke Energy, for breach of contract. The official contract states the abatement will be at 85 percent for 10 years; however, the county alleges the two . . . Complete story »

January 1, 2018 • Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Environmentalists blast TVA for killing major wind project

One of America’s biggest wind energy projects is twisting in the wind, and environmentalists are blaming the Tennessee Valley Authority for the failure of the pioneering $2.5 billion effort to bring more renewable energy into the Tennessee Valley. Clean Line Energy Partners, a Houston-based developer of five major transmission lines for wind-generated electricity, has dropped its interconnection agreement with TVA for one of its most promising projects after the federal utility declined to buy what Clean Line officials said would . . . Complete story »

December 17, 2017 • Michigan, Texas, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

In the shadow of wind farms: Turbines bring economic benefits, struggles

First came the animosity. Cary and Karen Shineldecker faced name-calling and middle fingers for opposing an industrial wind development in their rural Mason County, Michigan, community. Longtime friends who supported the project stopped speaking to them. Someone poisoned their dogs. They felt unwelcome at their church. Then came the health problems. The couple suffered anxiety, headaches, ear pressure, tinnitus, heart palpitations and sleep disturbances after Lake Winds Energy began operating its 476-foot-tall turbines around their home. Then came the financial . . . Complete story »

December 16, 2017 • Texas, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Energy sector gets boost from tax bill

WASHINGTON – Attempts within Congress to strip out tax breaks and other provisions favorable to the nation’s energy sector were largely left out of the tax reform bill presented by Senate and House Republicans Friday. Everything from special treatment for pipeline investors to tax credits for electricity produced from wind turbines will continue as exists under the current tax code. Combined with a reduction in the corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 21 percent, energy companies of all stripes . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2017 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

College delays wind farm tax abatement vote

BEEVILLE – College trustees delayed their decision of whether to approve a tax abatement with Pacific Wind Development, saying more time was needed to review the paperwork. “It came a little late to my office,” said Beatriz Espinoza, Coastal Bend College president. “I didn’t get the chance to do all the research I wanted.” Pacific Wind currently is considering a total investment of around $363 million in what is being called Project Karankawa located in Tynan and San Patricio County. . . . Complete story »

November 25, 2017 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

County OKs tax break for wind farm

BEEVILLE – County leaders approved an abatement for a proposed wind farm in Tynan that will mean about a million dollars extra over the next 10 years. County Judge Stephanie Moreno, said during Monday’s meeting, “At 21 turbines, it is $1.6 million over 10 years, and at 24 turbines, it is $1.9 million. “I cannot walk away from this deal thinking they are going to come anyway.” The decision though was not unanimous. “The small percentage we are getting, they . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2017 • New Mexico, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Massive Xcel wind project draws criticism from PRC staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A massive wind project that Xcel Energy wants to build in eastern New Mexico and West Texas is facing blustering opposition from utility division staff at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The project, which Excel unveiled last March, calls for a $1.6 billion investment in two huge wind farms, including a 522-megawatt facility in eastern New Mexico, and a 478-MW farm in Texas. Once built, those farms, combined with an agreement to also acquire 230 MW of . . . Complete story »

October 7, 2017 • Letters, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

County court should re-evalute wind farm vote

This letter is in regards to the article in the Sept. 29 issue of the Bee-Picayune relating to the proposed zoning change for the wind farm in south Bee County. The commissioners court agenda contained the issue of procedural changes needed for a vote to progress to the zoning change process. This will ultimately enable the court to issue a tax abatement for the wind farm. This whole issue was disturbing to me in the sense that the project will . . . Complete story »

October 6, 2017 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

The answer is blowing in wind

BEEVILLE – Despite opposition, county leaders took the first step to offering a tax abatement to a wind farm proposed near the San Patricio and Bee county lines. Jimmy Jackson, well known birder and photographer, had hoped to dissuade county leaders from creating a reinvestment zone for a tax abatement to Avangrid Renewables. “This granting of an order creating a reinvestment zone does not force us to enter into a tax abatement agreement.” The court ultimately approved the zone with . . . Complete story »

September 27, 2017 • New Mexico, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Xcel seeks approval for wind farms in Texas, New Mexico

Xcel is seeking approval for two new wind farms that would serve customers in eastern New Mexico and West Texas. Company officials say if regulators approve the wind farms planned for Roosevelt County in New Mexico and Texas’ Hale County, wind-generated electricity would end up meeting about 40 percent of the region’s annual needs by 2021. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves says the company also is seeking to finalize a contract to buy additional wind energy from two facilities being built . . . Complete story »

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