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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.

September 12, 2019 • Letters, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Property at risk with wind farm nearby

Private property rights are one of the key ingredients that makes the USA a phenomenal nation in which people from all over the world want to live, and Texas, more especially, where over one thousand people each day gain the new title as “Texan.” Property rights, as with any right, comes with a responsibility. Therefore, I cannot let my rights keep you from enjoying your rights, and vice versa. I sincerely hope that landowners are having a competent attorney read . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2019 • Letters, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms don’t belong in communities

We moved to Texas from Los Angeles when my husband decided to retire from the entertainment industry. We wanted to find an area in the country to have horses and peace. We chose Gainesville because of the beauty of the rolling hills and the quaint town. We found a property in the Era area and have had 15 beautiful years here. We have enjoyed volunteering and fund raising for various charities and love our ranch neighbors and friends and thrive . . . Complete story »

September 10, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proposal divides ranch community

About 70 miles northwest of Dallas, a few dozen buildings, a school and gas station make up the unincorporated community of Era. Residents of the area live on wide-open ranches and farms without much more than a handful of trees dotting the horizon. A wind farm proposal is dividing the quiet, rural community. Residents who oppose the wind farm say that the company’s tactics have been misleading and don’t properly take into account the impact the towers would have on . . . Complete story »

September 2, 2019 • Letters, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

A night full of blinking lights

Ten years ago my husband and I returned to Gainesville/Era to enjoy retirement on our family land. We opted to live on this land because of the beautiful views east and west and the quiet. Today we are threatened with facing wind turbines the size of 50-story buildings, flashing red lights and long, heavy, loud trucks tearing up our farm-to-market and county roads. Besides our potential loss of peace, quiet and wonderful vistas, the most galling aspects of the proposed . . . Complete story »

August 31, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Area wind farm sold, improvement project to begin

Ares Management acquired the Trinity Hills wind farm, in North Young County and Southern Archer County, and two other Texas wind farms from British Petroleum Wind Energy North America, Inc. on Dec. 21, 2018, according to a press release. On Monday, the Young County Commissioners Court entered into a road use agreement with the wind farm company so they can begin working on upgrades. “The repowering project that we are doing, we are actually using the foundation (of the turbine,)” . . . Complete story »

August 29, 2019 • Opinions, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Texas town’s lofty environmentalism leaves residents with a nightmare

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Georgetown, Texas – population 75,000 – was to be the new poster child of the green movement. Environmental interest in Georgetown’s big push to generate all of its electricity from wind and solar power was amplified by three factors: the town and its mayor were nominally Republican; Georgetown is in an oil- and natural gas-rich state; and that state is deep-red Texas. Former Vice President Al Gore and other climate change luminaries feted . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine blamed for Rhodes Ranch 3 Fire in Mulberry Canyon south of Merkel

A motor on a wind turbine caught fire and is blamed for sparking a wildfire Monday in Mulberry Canyon in southwest Taylor County that has burned about 250 acres. The Texas A&M Forest Service was called about 6:30 p.m. Monday to assist several volunteer fire departments to fight the wildfire northwest of the intersection of FM 89 and County Road 351. The area is about 26 miles southwest of Abilene. By Tuesday afternoon, the fire was 60 percent contained, according . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine that caught fire was last serviced in January

You can still see smoke coming off the ground a day after the fire that was started by a wind turbine Monday afternoon. “As a result of the embers coming off of that, it created this wildfire,” said Mary Leathers, Public Information Officer for The Texas A&M Forest Service. The Texas A&M Forest Service brought in the heavy air tanker, the single-engineer tankers and type one helicopter to help them. “When they make a drop, they know when to tag . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine company issues statement regarding Rhodes Ranch 3 fire

AES, the company that maintains the wind turbine that caught fire and sparked a bigger blaze has issued a statement regarding the incident. The wind turbine in Taylor County ignited Monday afternoon, sending sparks flying from 250 feet in the air. Those sparks eventually caused a much larger fire, which grew to at least 200 acres. On Tuesday, AES issued the following statement: In response to the Monday evening wind turbine fire at the Buffalo Gap site in Abilene, TX, . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Sweltering heat, absent wind could trigger increase to Austin Energy bills

Austin Energy customers could see an 8.5% rate hike to a portion of their bills after outages to the utility’s power plants and a lack of production from its wind farms forced officials to buy electricity amid soaring costs during peak energy demand earlier this month. The public utility’s average residential customer would see a 1.5% increase of $1.33 to their monthly bill, according to the utility’s deputy general manager. The Austin City Council will hold a public hearing 6 . . . Complete story »

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