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Measuring the environmental benefits of wind-generated energy

Measuringenvironmentalbenefitsofwind-aej-cullen_thumb In this paper, Joseph Cullen quantifies the emissions offset by wind power for a large electricity grid in Texas using the randomness inherent in wind power availability. When accounting for dynamics in the production process, the results indicate that only for high estimates of the social costs of pollution does the value of emissions offset by wind power exceed cost of renewable energy subsidies. An excerpt of Mr. Cullen's paper is provided below. The full paper can be downloaded from this page.
27 Dec 2013

Local producer opposes tax break for wind farm

Without federal subsides and tax abatements, Mr. Pena said the project is not feasible and cannot stand on its own merits. So that means we are not only giving them a pass in the county by not taxing them at 100 percent of market value but we also get to help pay for the construction of a project with our federal income taxes and increase electric rate that will bring minimal economic benefits to us locally.
27 Dec 2013

Continued growth in Portland could be threatened by wind farm

City officials said Portland has consistently grown at about 1.5-percent for the past 10-15 years, adding that they have done that by encouraging single-family home development ...However, they said that being so close to the wind turbines in nearby Taft will be the city's biggest challenge for further growth. "What we understand from talking to developers is that they are reluctant to build single-family subdivisions in the shadow of wind turbines."
13 Dec 2013

Wind energy tax credit likely over, but effect may not hurt like before

So how would Texas wind power fare if the 2.3-cent-per-kilowatt-hour incentive lapsed? That would depend on how long the credit is unavailable, observers say. But for a couple of reasons, the effect probably won't be as harsh as in past uncertain times. Jeff Clark, executive director of the Austin-based Wind Coalition, said he's not too worried about the ticking clock. “There's a lot of projects in the pipeline right now,” he said.
23 Oct 2013

Wind farm company seeks tax break in Cameron County

Cascos made a motion on the matter and after several seconds of silence, asked that the matter be approved and that the county move forward with negotiation of tax abatement terms ...Precinct 2 Commissioner Ernie Hernandez seconded the motion, but amid the vote, Garza said he would abstain because he did not have enough information. Cascos then retracted his motion and the court voted to table the motion.
1 Oct 2013

Wind energy export system might be too small

The $1.6 billion transmission system to take export Texas Panhandle wind power downstate is almost finished, but the Energy Reliability Council of Texas already is looking at options in case all the announced wind farms are built without enough transmission lines to move their power. The wind farms that have requested ERCOT review have production capacities totaling more than 11,000 megawatts.
22 Sep 2013

Turbine goes up in flames

"They (GE officials) won't know for a while (what caused the fire) because they wait until it cools down and check the structural stability before they even go up (the turbine)." Madden said. "The fire went down a hill a little bit. It was right on the edge of the mesa so the wind did blow some of the fiberglass down a little bit on the face of the hill there."
20 Aug 2013

Turbine goes up in flames

Black smoke was highly visible between Trent and Sweetwater Monday as a wind turbine at the Trent Wind Farm caught fire. "We don't get near the turbine when it's burning because pieces fall off and sometimes big pieces fall off," Madden pointed out. "I doubt it was two acres that burned.
19 Aug 2013

Federal wind energy grant paid for shopping sprees and vacations, accountant says

Timmins detailed the flow of money from the State Energy Conservation Office to the city of Jonestown to CM Energies to Central Texas Plastics and then back to Malouff's company. She said Central Texas Plastics submitted vouchers totaling $965,000 for work and materials but then sent most of the money -- $670,000 in checks -- back to Malouff's company.
13 Aug 2013

Whistle-blower recounts red flags in Jonestown wind energy project

Miller took his suspicions to the Travis County District Attorney's Office, sparking an investigation that found Malouff fraudulently obtained the federal grant by overstating the energy savings and misrepresenting his project as shovel-ready. Malouff promised 20 wind turbines ...Three turbines went into the ground but never produced energy. Malouff's trial began this week on a charge of securing execution of a document by deception, a first-degree felony.
10 Aug 2013

It's time we learn what green energy costs states and cities

Ironically, while taxpayers and utility ratepayers are being hammered coming and going to subsidize alternative energy and efficiency programs, the most reliable and cost-effective energy sources, fossil fuels, are the brunt of both political scorn and proposed tax increases. ...State legislators should press for those answers. We may be surprised at how much we spend for how little we receive.
28 Jul 2013

Nearly completed CREZ lines unlock wind congestion

Sometimes with long transmission lines that are lightly loaded, such as CREZ, it can be hard to control voltage," he says. "Wind energy needs a source to stabilize it and make it stay in sync." Also, as more CREZ-related projects attempt to tie in with the grid, abnormally hot or cold spring and fall temperatures - leading to unexpected high power demand on the system - could cause delays.
1 Jul 2013

Runway extension could affect wind farm plans

The 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.
17 Jun 2013

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