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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 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.

May 9, 2021 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

What should Texas do with its old wind turbine blades?

SWEETWATER, Texas—This west Texas city greets its visitors with a huge wind turbine blade with the words “Welcome to Sweetwater. Wind Energy Capital of North America” painted across the 160-foot structure. The blade stands as a symbol of the importance of the wind energy industry to this city on the edge of the Texas plains. Texas produces more wind energy than any other state in the country, much of it here off of Interstate 20. If Texas was a country, . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2021 • Opinions, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

When economic growth does nothing for local schools

Smithville ISD’s two elementary schools earned “D” ratings from the Texas Education Agency for 2018-19 (the most recent year available). The junior high for the small district east of Austin got a “C.” Though its high school received a very low “B,” it earned no distinctions from the Texas Education Agency. Yet in March, the Smithville school board told its attorney to begin negotiations to turn down an estimated $10 million of tax revenue in what amounts to a gift . . . Complete story »

April 28, 2021 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Young County approves improvement zone, tax abatement for proposed wind farm

Apex Clean Energy Inc. cleared a hurdle in its attempt to build a wind farm in Young County Monday at a regular scheduled Young County Commissioners Court meeting at the Young County Courthouse. In two votes, the commissioners unanimously voted to approve a request from Apex for a reinvestment zone and the acceptance of an application for a tax abatement agreement with the county. The county hosted a public hearing at 10 a.m. Monday to hear from both supporters and . . . Complete story »

April 27, 2021 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Jack County landowners share their opinion on wind farm debate directly to county commissioners

The battle over future wind farms potentially littering Jack County continues – as a county commissioner even resigns hours before today’s meeting. “It absolutely sickens me that we have to be threatened in this manner, we should act accordingly as fellow citizens and residents of Jack County,” Jack County Judge Keith Umphress said. Precinct two commissioner James Brock handed in his letter of immediate resignation to Judge Umphress an hour before the public forum on the morning of April 26th. “I . . . Complete story »

April 27, 2021 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Jack County commissioner resigns after reported threats over wind farm fight

UPDATE: April 26, 2021 1:12 p.m. After one commissioner resigned and another did not vote due to a conflict of interest, a motion to end tax abatements for wind energy farms in Jack County died without a vote in the county commissioners meeting Monday. The motion was made and died without a second, so no vote was taken. JACK CO., TX (KFDX/KJTL) – A Jack County commissioner has turned in his letter of resignation before a meeting on a proposal to end . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2021 • Texas, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Landmen who once staked claims for oil and gas now hunt wind and sun

Carter Collum used to spend mornings shoulder to shoulder with competitors in the record rooms of East Texas courthouses, hunting for the owners of underground natural-gas deposits. At night, he made house calls, offering payments and royalties for permission to drill. Mr. Collum worked as a landman, tracking the owners of oil and gas trapped in rock layers thousands of feet beneath the earth’s surface and getting their signatures, a job about as old as the American petroleum industry. He . . . Complete story »

April 15, 2021 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Drivers concerned about crumbling FM 604 in Callahan County

CALLAHAN COUNTY, Texas – In Callahan County, people are upset about FM 604 deteriorating. Some told KTXS it started becoming a problem back in February. Hundreds of vehicles drive down the road every day with most of them now being tractor trailers. People are blaming the frequent tractor trailer traffic for the horrible conditions. Drivers that travel down FM 604 regularly are posting about how bad it is. One person warning other drivers by posting, “If you value ur life and . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2021 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Some Jack County residents to oppose wind turbine vote

Some residents across Jack County have this upcoming Monday circled on their calendars. The county’s commissioners court will meet that day to vote on a tax abatement that would allow a French company to install wind turbines in the northern part of the county. “For us Texans, it’s a very reliable source of energy too because if you think about it, for hundreds of years this wind that we’ve is amazing, a source of energy that’s been there,” said Hassan . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2021 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Texas wind farm denied protection from Citi over $113 million storm bill

A New York judge refused to issue an injunction protecting a West Texas wind farm against the alleged risk of a takeover by Citigroup Inc. over a $113 million bill stemming from the winter storm that swept the state in February. Justice Robert R. Reed of the Supreme Court of New York ruled against Stephens Ranch Wind Energy LLC, which had sought to prohibit Citi from taking action against the wind farm based on its alleged default under a power-purchasing . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2021 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Texas Senate passes bill aiming to counter federal subsidies for wind and solar power

While President Joe Biden moves to expand the use of renewable energy nationwide, the Texas Legislature is doing the opposite, adding fees on solar and wind electricity production in the state in hopes of boosting fossil fuels. Among the reforms of the state’s electric grid following last month’s deadly winter storms, Republicans in the Texas Senate have included new fees aimed at solar and wind companies that Democrats warn would damage the state’s standing as a national leader on renewable . . . Complete story »

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