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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.

November 19, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

County to discuss Peyton Wind Farms, Lodestar

Matagorda County Commissioners are expected to authorize County Judge Nate McDonald to sign a letter to Peyton Creek Wind Farm regarding county permits. E.On’s Peyton Creek wind farm is will under construction in Matagorda County with the project expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Richard Saunders of E.On said the project would guarantee 10 jobs with an investment on the bankroll being at $170-180 million. “Peyton Creek will be our 24th wind project in North America and . . . Complete story »

November 5, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

How 100% renewables backfired on a Texas town

An inconvenient truth is hanging over Georgetown, Texas: Its celebrated shift to renewable energy doesn’t look like a national model these days. Electric rates are up. Critics are blasting the costs. And the city north of Austin is trying to figure out how to mitigate the situation. Georgetown, whose green push gained global attention thanks to former Vice President Al Gore and others, can claim to have 100% renewable power thanks to a credit system tied to electricity purchases. In . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Where the wind blows

BEEVILLE – Another wind farm is being proposed in north Bee County – this time west of Mineral. This is the second time in recent months that a wind farm has tried to lease enough land to build such a facility. The first was to be built closer to Mineral – an area dotted with smaller tracts of land used for ranching. “We had heard that it wasn’t going to make, and they have told us in court that if it didn’t . . . Complete story »

October 24, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

‘Totally unbiased’ power shopping site owned by electricity company

Power Wizard, a new electricity shopping website in Houston, promotes itself as an independent voice on the side of consumers looking for low cost plans, providing unbiased advice to shoppers because Power Wizard has no ties with retail electric providers. Except it does. Power Wizard is owned by NextEra Energy, the nation’s biggest utility company, which also owns two retail electric providers in Houston, Frontier Utilities and Gexa Energy, according to registration records on file with the Texas Secretary of . . . Complete story »

October 16, 2019 • Letters, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

On the topic of wind farms

I am a member of The Cooke County Coalition For Property Rights. We are against EDP Renewables Wildcat Creek Wind Farm being built in Cooke County. We have debunked EDP’s claim that property values will not be affected. Just ask a local real estate agent. We have debunked EDP’s claims of no health side effects. Just ask the people who live near a windmill in Muenster. We have debunked EDP’s claim that our schools and community will gain from the . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • Opinions, Texas, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

US energy reliability gone with the wind

It is too often assumed that making maximum use of renewables is the answer to addressing environmental goals. So easy is it to buy into this assumption that intermittent wind power is pulling ahead of coal in Texas. Energy analysts forecast that wind turbines in Texas will generate about 87,000 megawatt-hours of electricity next year, eclipsing the anticipated output from coal. Coal power is falling in Texas and nationally, while wind power is on a rapid upward climb. Wind power . . . Complete story »

October 2, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy has its drawbacks

In a rousing opinion on wind energy in the Weekly News, Gayla Dovre, Gainesville, praiseswind developers and applauds courageous land owners who would lease their land to them. Dovre also chided a “small, but quite wealthy clique” who want to stop wind development inCooke County. She went on to describe them as a “few people” who don’t like the red blinkinglights. (For the record, I’m not too fond of the red blinking lights either). Dovre then suggestedthat these detractors reconsider . . . Complete story »

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 »

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