Library from Texas
Robert Bryce notes for National Review Online that on an "unspeakably hot" Aug. 24 in Texas, 10,135 megawatts of wind-generation capacity supplied just 880 megawatts of power "when electricity was needed the most" -- in the afternoon, when wind subsides while heat and electricity demand rise.
"We have hundreds of employees who have spent their entire professional careers at Luminant and its predecessor companies," Luminant CEO David Campbell said in a statement. "...we have tried to minimize these impacts, and it truly saddens me that we are being compelled to take the actions we've announced today."
Lanoue and his wife, Linda, came to ask federal officials to press the industry to report more information about bird deaths at wind farms, echoing a common complaint from wildlife advocates who say the industry hasn't done enough to measure the effect of turbines on birds.
The plan would provide conservation guidelines for development of wind farms across a 200-mile-wide migratory flyway from the Gulf of Mexico to North Dakota and Montana. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding an informational and public input meeting Thursday at the American Bank Center, the last in an initial series of meetings across the plan area.
The state is spending billions on projects that focus on wind energy rather than on conventional generation capacity. Consumers will soon be paying for new transmission lines that are being built solely so that the subsidy-dependent wind-energy profiteers can move electricity ...Further, consider what might be happening had the state kept the $6.79 billion it's now spending on wind-energy transmission lines and instead allocated it to new natural-gas-fired generators.
Lightning strikes a wind turbine north of Sterling City, Texas. Duration: 30 seconds
ECCA Fire Chief Gary Young said the fire started in the wind turbine tower and then spread to grass around the tower.
The new number, which amounts to roughly $270 for every Texan, comes from the latest update on the project prepared for the Public Utility Commission. Ratepayers will ultimately be on the hook for the cost, but no one has begun to see the charges appear on their electric bills yet ...Ultimately, the commission says, the charges could amount to $4 to $5 per month on Texas electric bills, for years.
"We need more tourism if we are to survive the apprehensive world economy, but erecting a monstrosity of this ilk is a transgression of an area of outstanding beauty, indicating to tourists when they cross the border at Carter Bar that we do not care for our precious countryside," adds Mr Smith.
An environmental group outlined concerns Wednesday on how proposed offshore wind farms, poised to become the first in the Texas, might negatively affect wildlife. Baryonyx Corp. wants to install 200 wind turbines each in three areas off the South Texas coast, one of which is planned for the Coastal Bend. The group's comments to the Army Corps of Engineers illustrate why the project is likely to be one of the state's most scrutinized wind energy developments.
The wind-energy lobby has been masterly at garnering huge subsidies and mandates by claiming that its product is a "green" alternative to conventional electricity. But the hype has obscured a dirty little secret: When power demand is highest, wind energy's output is generally low.
Keith Ellis, senior industrial and personal property appraiser, said there are several reasons wind farms and wind turbines have dropped in value. The price of electricity was low at the beginning of the year when values were set, he said, which means wind farms were not as profitable.
Wind Energy Transmission Texas LLC, a joint venture of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and Isolux Corsan Concesiones SA, arranged a $500 million loan to build 378 miles (608 kilometers) of power lines in west Texas.
Broadwind, based in Illinois, began Abilene operations in 2008 and receives financial incentives from the Development Corp. of Abilene, which allocates the city's half-cent sales tax for economic development projects. The DCOA has pledged up to $7.3 million to the company.
Migratory birds, sea turtles, jobs and aesthetics were among the issues raised Tuesday night at a presentation by an executive at the company planning to build wind farms off the South Texas coast - including South Padre Island.
Utility companies building the transmission line projects have the right of eminent domain, which means they can legally gain the property rights needed for the CREZ projects.
A proposed wind farm in the Chapman Ranch area is one of 20 projects that could cause problems for the military, according to a nationwide review of renewable energy projects conducted by the Department of Defense.
Mark Leyland, Baryonyx's senior vice president of offshore wind projects, said he'd be surprised if USACE didn't call for a full-scale EIS, though his company intends to do an EIS-equivalent study no matter what the agency decides. He added that people are right to be concerned about the project's impact.
Bracewell and Dean have a website set up, complete with stories about what happened to them, photos and documents. It's called Two Skystream 3.7 Installations Gone Wrong. Their activism led to a confidential settlement and nondisparaging agreement offer from the company. http://b-d.ranch.tripod.com/twoskystream37installationsgonewrong/
Monday, the fire spread into a windfarm and onto a large private ranch, but the ranch owner is not allowing fire crews onto his land causing problems for firefighters. Snyder volunteer firefighters are still battling this blaze that has spread to a wind farm on top of a plateau.