Wind Power News: Texas
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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 . . .
NUECES COUNTY – The Chapman Ranch Wind Farm is going up south of town and while the 81-turbine system will generate millions of kilowatt hours for retail providers, statewide, there are few regulations governing its operation. The reality is hitting home for Javier Ojeda, whose 60 acre ranch is about a mile from the site, which will cover dozens of acres in Nueces County just outside the City of Corpus Christi’s jurisdiction. Ojeda’s concerns began the day the drainage ditch . . .
A yearslong battle over the wind farm some feared would impact Navy training may have a conclusion in sight. The City Council on Tuesday will discuss a proposed agreement with energy company Enbridge that would restrict development of wind turbines more than 100 feet high within about 16 square miles of the Chapman Ranch area, annexed in 2014. According to a city news release issued late Friday, that agreement – which would be in effect for 25 years – is contingent on . . .
BP Plc is weighing plans to update as many as 200 of its U.S. wind turbines with newer, higher-capacity equipment, a move that would represent the company’s biggest investment in renewable energy since its last wind farm came online in 2012. If the company green lights the project – a decision that could be reached by mid-year – it would represent about 400 megawatts of capacity. Laura Folse, chief executive of BP Wind Energy, said the move would allow the U.K. energy . . .
Standing over 300 feet tall and weighing 164 tons, wind turbines can be seen all across North Texas. But what’s not seen is the radar interference they create for Air Force pilots and air traffic control. U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has introduced a bill to protect military airfields from electromagnetic radar interference caused by nearby wind turbines. Crafted with input from military leaders and pilots in Texas, the Protection of Military Airfields from Wind Turbine Encroachment Act would discourage . . .
Since the mid-1960s, pilots at Sheppard Air Force Base have made supersonic training flights over the Texas Red River Valley, a region sufficiently remote that mostly cattle ranchers and oil riggers caught sight of the small planes known as “white rockets” as they streaked across the horizon. But North Texas has changed over a half-century. Wichita Falls, where Sheppard remains a leading employer and a major military flight school, today claims nearly 105,000 residents and is the center of Texas’ . . .
AUSTIN – When 39-year-old twin brothers Jimmy and Joe Horn set out to build up to 80 wind turbines near Wichita Falls, the energy developers didn’t envision the blowback they would encounter from a powerful neighbor – the United States Air Force. High-ranking officials at Sheppard Air Force Base quickly launched a counter-strike to warn that the towering wind turbines would interfere with radar, potentially obstruct flights and endanger jet training missions. The proposed 8,000-acre wind farm is mired in uncertainty. The . . .