Wind Power News: Texas
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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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
A controversy that has divided Hamilton County landowners could have implications for Lampasas County residents as well. Lampasas County property owner and energy lawyer William Osborn is working with French-based EDF Renewables on a potential wind farm in Hamilton County. While offers of royalties have interested some landowners there, others are vocally opposed to the turbines – which they say could hurt property values and wildlife. The proposed Vista Mountain Wind Project would stretch northwest from U.S. Highway 84 nearly . . .
A surge of wind power in Texas has made predicting electricity supply more difficult, boosting opportunities for natural gas generators that have been battered by the rise of renewables. Fluctuating renewable supplies can leave grid operators short of power and create price spikes, a phenomenon that’s set to worsen as additional wind and solar hit Texas’ grid, William Nelson, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said in a report. That could force grid operators to search for last minute . . .
The hulking C-17 is the pack mule of the United States military, designed to lift and transport troops, tanks and even helicopters. Every American C-17 pilot is trained at the Altus Air Force Base in southwestern Oklahoma, where flight instructor Adam Bergoo says a key lesson is how to fly close to the ground. “That’s one of our military missions, is to fly low-level, because that basically reduces the risk of detection, and getting shot at by the bad guys,” . . .
SCURRY COUNTY, Texas – A Colorado City man was electrocuted Thursday at a wind farm in Scurry County. It happened at an Invenergy wind farm in Camp Springs, which is east of Snyder, the company confirmed to KTXS on Monday. The Snyder Daily News reports that the victim was identified as 29-year-old Cody Lee Hubbard. Hubbard was working at the top of a wind turbine when he was fatally shocked. It took crews from Scurry County EMS, Snyder Fire Department, . . .
A presentation from the utility showed that under current renewable goals, energy rates are expected to increase up to 11 percent because renewable energy tends to cost more, Austin Energy spokesman Robert Cullick said. Pushing that renewable goal to 75 percent could increase electricity bills by 13.5 percent. The utility didn’t have an estimate for what having 100 percent renewable energy would do to residents’ electricity bills.
Passing through Brownfield Friday before noon a trailer carrying a wind turbine blade was stuck in the middle of the road after the trailer broke in half. The extended trailer carrying the blade broke apart at the Buckley intersection of the Lubbock Highway, in Brownfield, according to Brownfield News. At the moment crews are still trying to determine how to mend the broken trailer and get the load back on its route to Big Lake. KCBD NewsChannel 11 will update . . .