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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 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 »


August 27, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Taylor Co. wind turbine fire at 200 acres and 50% containment

A wind turbine caught on fire in southwest Taylor County late Monday afternoon. Crews worked all night putting containment lines and forward progression has stopped. According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the fire is estimated at 200 acres and 50% containment. Update: The #RhodesRanch3Fire in Taylor County is estimated at 200 acres and 50% containment. Crews worked all night putting in containment lines. Forward progression has stopped. #txfire pic.twitter.com/DibqTzZ1Q8 — Incident Information – Texas A&M Forest Service (@AllHazardsTFS) August . . . Complete story »


August 27, 2019 • Australia, Germany, Texas, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Sometimes, a greener grid means a 40,000% spike in power prices

The road to a world powered by renewable energy is littered with unintended consequences. Like a 40,000% surge in electricity prices. Texas power prices jumped from less than $15 to as much as $9,000 a megawatt-hour this month as coal plant retirements and weak winds left the region on the brink of blackouts during a heat wave. It’s a phenomenon playing out worldwide. Germany averted three blackouts of its own in June and has seen prices both spike and plunge . . . Complete story »


August 27, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Taylor Co. wind turbine fire sparks bigger blaze

Several fire crews are working to contain and extinguish a large fire in Taylor County. According to a Facebook post made by the View Volunteer Fire Department, (VVFD), Mulberry Canyon VFD, Ecca VFD, Blackwell VFD, Merkel VFD, Nolan VFD, and the Texas Forest Service are all on hand fighting the fire that was sparked from a wind turbine fire earlier Monday. The Texas Forest Service says the fire is estimated at 100 acres and is currently 10% contained, according to . . . Complete story »


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