Runway extension could affect wind farm plans.386512013-06-17T14:23:07Z2013-06-17T14:23:07ZThe project could meet an obstacle in the form of Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport's plans to extend its runway ...A longer runway would mean planes on approach would fly lower farther away from the airport, which could preclude construction of towering wind turbines.Request for wind turbine grounded in Lampasas.382212013-04-29T18:51:59Z2013-04-29T18:51:59ZRobert Guptill had the wind blown out of his sails earlier this month when the City Council turned down his request for a specific use permit to allow a wind turbine on his property.
Guptill has tried for four years to get the council's approval for the project, which was rejected because of its height. At 43 feet, it's eight feet higher than the city ordinance allows.Research documents Lesser Prairie Chickens.378512013-03-26T15:47:50Z2013-03-26T15:47:50Z"What people need to understand is that it's not just prairie chickens. It's really the inter-connectedness of these biotic communities," Boal said. "When we have indicators like a prairie chicken, and there's something going wrong, that's an indication of that biotic community as a whole. We need to think about, â€˜what is the world we want to live in?'Wind turbines violate City of Canyon ordinance.376522013-03-08T16:12:37Z2013-03-08T16:12:37Z"In 2009, we passed an ordinance that stated, wind energy turbines would only be allowed in commercial and industrial districts," said Danny Cornelius Canyon Code Enforcer Director.
Even then, a specific use permit must be approved by the planning and zoning and city commission. Texas Legislature: Gas takes wind from turbines' sails; Wind power fights to keep legislative edge.375832013-03-03T14:45:55Z2013-03-03T14:45:55ZOn Thursday conservative representative State Rep. Scott Sanford, R-McKinney, filed legislation to remove a signature weapon from the wind energy arsenal. ...Wind power already generates almost 10,000 megawatts, but taking away the mandate to create energy would hurt the renewable energy credit trading system in place, Clark said.Texas' wind industry battens down.374032013-02-15T00:29:05Z2013-02-15T00:29:05ZAs the session progresses, renewable energy advocates are bracing to defend critical policies that have helped Texas become the leading wind-power state. The ascendancy of the Tea Party, an abundance of cheap natural gas and tighter budgets have reduced the sway of the wind industry. Solar power advocates anticipate limited gains at best.Industry works to avoid listing of prairie grouse.373592013-02-12T13:27:38Z2013-02-12T13:27:38ZOil, gas and wind energy producers are working to persuade federal wildlife officials not to enact protections for the lesser prairie chicken, a move that could force them to halt or significantly alter their operations to protect the species' dwindling grassland habitat.Winds of uncertainty still blowing through Texas turbines.371712013-01-26T14:05:06Z2013-01-26T14:05:06Z"The PTC [production tax credit] is helping projects that are ready to go, that are shovel-ready, but the thing that is hurting the industry is really low gas prices that make it fairly hard to obtain financing," said Jimmy Horn of Horn Wind Energy.Wind industry secures tax credit, but damage may be done.369322013-01-04T14:36:30Z2013-01-04T14:36:30ZThe wind energy industry is dependent on something even more unpredictable than wind: Congress. Hidden in the turmoil over the "fiscal cliff" compromise was a tax credit for wind energy. Wind energy credit extension brings little certainty for wind industry.369172013-01-02T12:37:27Z2013-01-02T12:37:27ZSweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham, executive director of the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse, said he was unimpressed by the one-year extension of the tax credit.
He estimated 40,000 wind energy jobs have been lost as companies have halted production, not put up turbines across the state and wait to see what Congress does with the tax credit.
Environmentalists criticize federally backed Texas offshore wind project.367932012-12-15T03:43:10Z2012-12-15T03:43:10ZIn a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers in May, a top Texas Parks and Wildlife official said his agency had serious concerns about the project.
"Numerous federal and state-listed threatened and endangered species and species of concern have been documented within or near the proposed corridors within which transmission lines would be constructed."