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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

Wind turbines change Willacy County's landscape — for better or worse

“We definitely don’t like them. It’s cut our productivity,” said Sherri Bennack of Bennack Flying Service Inc., which does crop dusting for the area. “The safety concern is the biggest factor,” she said. “It takes a lot more time to get the job done and be able to spray. A lot of the times we can’t even do the job because they’re right there.”
14 Jun 2013

Request for wind turbine grounded in Lampasas

Robert 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.
29 Apr 2013

Research documents Lesser Prairie Chickens

"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, ‘what is the world we want to live in?'
26 Mar 2013

Wind and solar power are plentiful, but they’re not always there when you need them

Texas has more wind power than any state and added the most last year, just ahead of California. The problem is that renewable sources are less consistent and reliable than fossil fuels. In Texas, the squeeze comes during heat waves, when demand surges and the air gets still. In California, the challenge is to keep a stable output on the grid and avoid rolling blackouts.
27 Feb 2013

Texas' wind industry battens down

As 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.
15 Feb 2013

E.ON Sells Half of U.S. Wind Parks to PensionDanmark

EON AG agreed to sell a 50 percent stake in three U.S. wind farms to Danish pension fund PensionDanmark as Germany's biggest utility seeks to free up capital. ..."The return is very similar to what we can get on listed equities, though with a very limited downside risk," thanks to fixed prices negotiated on the power generated by the turbines over the next 15 years."
8 Oct 2012

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