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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.

February 23, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

County denies reinvestment zone to surprise of wind farm company

BEEVILLE – The county will not be offering a tax abatement to the company building wind turbines in the Pettus and Pawnee area. This decision Monday, Feb. 10, came by unanimous vote of the court with their denying the formation of reinvestment zone, a required first step to offer the tax reduction. Eric Barnett, with Lincoln Clean Energy, had hoped the county would approve a zone for the future abatement to include an area encompassing both Pawnee and Pettus school . . . Complete story »

February 7, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Pawnee school trustees OK wind farm tax abatement

“Without the available tax incentives, the economics of the project become far less attractive, and the likelihood of selling the electricity at a competitive price will significantly decrease,” according to the application. “The applicant for this project is competing against other developers who have been offered or are in the process of applying for value limitation agreements with other school districts." Complete story »

January 26, 2020 • Letters, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

SWEPCO wrong on wind power

I wholeheartedly disagree with Carey Sullivan that there is “no downside” to the project and disagree with the direction AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co. is headed regarding the increase of wind and solar energy in its power mix (news story, Jan. 17). It is being pushed by ardent environmentalists to embrace renewables regardless of the outcome. A mix of power sources including renewables is beneficial. However, wind and solar are not possible without being fully backed up by a reliable . . . Complete story »

January 17, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms, national park concessionaires, topics of concern

Concern over wind farm regulation and national park concessionaires took center stage during a recent discussion between county commissioners court and their Washington, D.C., lobbyists. Val Verde County Commissioners Court members heard an update on the lobbying efforts of Madison Government Affairs, the firm that represents county interests in the nation’s capital. Jack Hession and Paul J. Hirsch represented the company at the commissioners court meeting and spoke about some of the issues of local concern. Hirsch told the court . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Liens help resolve wind farm disputes

It reads as a cautionary tale. Or someone with an agenda. In a December letter to a newspaper in Gainesville, Texas, Don Vogel wrote about a proposed wind farm in Texas that, if approved, would be developed by the same company that owns the Prairie Queen Wind Farm in northern Allen County. “Like waking from a bad dream … the decent folk of the farming community near Iola were shaken by news of legal action,” Vogel wrote. “A mechanics lien . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm: Debate to abate

BEEVILLE – County leaders are looking at three options for the future taxing of the wind farm proposed in Bee County. For Joe Carter who spoke to commissioners during their meeting Dec. 20, only one was suitable. “I think that you need to not give a lot of consideration to any form of taxation other than the way everybody else is taxed,” he told commissioners during public comment. Commissioner Dennis DeWitt said that the court could offer no abatement, which . . . Complete story »

December 30, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Interest in solar grows as federal tax credit for wind expires

Papalote Creek Wind Farm extends for miles between Taft and Odem. There, about 200 turbines stretch almost 300 feet into the sky and produce enough clean energy to power more than 100,000 homes. The turbines are among thousands that have been installed across the country in the past few decades, particularly in Texas – the nation’s largest wind power producer. More than 27 gigawatts of wind capacity are online in the state, which has provided more than $46 billion in . . . Complete story »

December 30, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Company says survey shows residents favor wind farm

BEEVILLE – Officials with the wind farm proposed primarily near Pawnee say it will generate millions of dollars in tax revenue. Eric Barnett, with then Lincoln Clean Energy but now Orsted after the company’s purchase, said that the 250-megawatt wind farm is taking shape with 11,000 acres under lease. “We are focusing our efforts on continuing to lease land,” he told commissioners during their meeting Dec. 9. The company intends not only to ask the county for a tax abatement, . . . Complete story »

December 27, 2019 • Texas, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Wind, solar face future without subsidies

WASHINGTON – More than 25 years after Congress created tax credits to encourage the development of renewable energy, wind turbines and solar panels will soon have to fend for themselves as they never have before. Under the spending deal approved shortly before Congress took its holiday break, the investment tax credit, which reimburses 30 percent of the cost of new solar systems, will begin winding down next month, dropping to 10 percent for most companies by 2022. The energy production . . . Complete story »

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

Landowners on the hook

A mere five-hour drive to the northeast of Cooke County will put you in rural southeast Kansas near the town of Iola. Just as here in Cooke County, Allen County, Kansas is comprised of several small farming communities in a mostly rural setting. The similarities in the small town atmosphere of North Texas and South Kansas are remarkable yet predictable. Farm and ranch land is the dominant feature of both locales and EDP Renewables covets both areas for wind farms. . . . Complete story »

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