Wind Power News: Texas
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A bill to prohibit tax abatements for wind farm developments within 25 nautical miles of a military installation with an aviation mission has been approved by both the Texas House and Senate. Senate Bill 277 was expected back before the House for approval of an amendment before the legislature adjourns on Memorial Day. The bill, which does not affect wind farms already in operation, was amended to also grandfather in pending projects as well. Known as the Military Base Protection . . .
A bill that would prohibit wind energy companies from receiving tax benefits if developing a wind farm within 25 miles of a military aviation base in Texas passed its final hurdle with the House and is on its way back to the Senate, where it originated, but with some additional baggage. Wichita Falls Republican Rep. James Frank, who introduced an identical bill to Sen. Donna Campbell’s Senate Bill 277, said a couple of amendments were added to the legislation, including . . .
AUSTIN – Legislation to limit tax incentives to build wind power plants near Texas military aviation facilities cleared the Texas House on Monday, despite determined opposition from conservative property-rights advocates and many Democrats in the state’s urban centers. “The goal of this bill is simple: It’s to protect aviation military installations from encroachment,” said state Rep. James Frank, R-Wichita Falls, the House sponsor of Senate Bill 277. Frank touted the legislation, passed 76-65, as a means to safeguard facilities such . . .
A proposal to restrict property tax exemptions for wind farms near military bases got preliminary approval from Texas House lawmakers on Monday. In a win for budget hawks and a small blow to the wind turbine industry, House members approved Senate Bill 277 76-65. Rep. James Frank, R-Wichita Falls, who carried the bill in the House, argued the measure was necessary to limit the tall wind turbines as a threat to military exercises. The turbines “create more risks for those . . .
AUSTIN – Local government near most major Texas military aviation installations would not be allowed to offer tax breaks to encourage the development of windfarms that could interfere with aircraft taking off and landing under legislation expected to come to House floor Monday. “This is a military facilities bill, it’s not a windfarm bill,” said state Rep. James Frank, a Wichita Falls Republican who is the House sponsor of Senate Bill 277. “We shouldn’t tell people what they can or . . .
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 . . .