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Mason Residents Resist Unwelcome Wind Project

Leading the charge against the wind turbines is the Texas Hill Country Heritage Association (THCHA). The determined group of 485 members, founded in 2011, aims to “protect the Texas Hill Country’s heritage, property, environment and economy.” THCHA has placed several editorials in the Mason County News opposing the project and engaged Braun & Gresham, the Dripping Springs law firm that specializes in rural landowner management, to assist with strategy.
2 Oct 2015

A Texas tale of two winds

The high winds that drive the wind turbines typically occur at night when demand is low or on the decline. What can occur, and has, during high-wind times is real-time wholesale power prices have dropped into single-digit or negative territory as the grid operator reacts to an over-generation situation or the possibility of an over-generation situation, when there is too much power on the grid and not enough load to absorb it.
1 Oct 2015

Texas Wind: Too much of a good thing?

Republican State Senator Troy Fraser convened hearings on renewable energy subsidies. Since Texas has already far surpassed the original RPS goals, he doesn’t think they need the mandate any longer. It was quite a turnaround. A decade ago, Fraser shaped legislation to expand the Renewable Portfolio Standard.
19 Jun 2015

As wind power booms, Texas lawmakers consider yanking support

With the support of the state’s Public Utility Commission, Fraser wants to freeze the state’s Renewable Energy Credit program, ending a requirement that power retailers buy credits from wind and solar farms to meet state renewable standards. Also, the $7 billion-and-counting Competitive Renewable Energy Zone project, which has constructed 3,600 miles of transmission lines to bring wind power to Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Austin, would officially end.
25 Mar 2015

Wind farm exclusion debated by commissioners

Pusley said he's not opposed to wind farms, but added they belong in more rural areas, and said Apex Clean Energy in particular hasn't listened to community input on its Chapman Ranch development. "They're not suited for being built up against the city limits of Corpus Christi," he said.
3 Dec 2014

State comptroller criticizes wind power subsidies

Reflecting a wider discomfort among some top state officials on renewable power, the state’s chief financial officer says the state should rethink its support for wind energy. Comptroller Susan Combs said that it was “time for wind to stand on its own two feet” as she released a report Tuesday encouraging lawmakers to discontinue subsidies for electricity generation.
23 Sep 2014

Apex: Wind farm could be built even if land is annexed

"The assertion ... that the annexation of the Chapman Ranch will halt the development of the wind farm is a false belief. Under state law, the Chapman Ranch wind farm development is grandfathered — a right the company is willing to defend," Ferguson said. "Within this context, if the city elects to reject a reasonable compromise and pursues annexation, it will only serve to incentivize the company to fully build out the wind farm."
27 Aug 2014

Is Texas souring on wind power?

Wind power developers warn that making wind companies pay the same transmission rates as other generators will destroy Texas’ lead in wind power and undermine the economics of wind generation. [Public Utility Commission head, Donna] Nelson, however, claims that giving wind companies a pass is no longer necessary because the industry has been around long enough to figure out its economics.
11 Jul 2014

Comanche Co. wind farm draws criticism

“We’re talking about a very obtrusive piece of equipment,” he said, “and it’s going to be noisy, and it’s going to be unattractive, and it’s going to devalue their land. The way I see it, that means it devalues tax revenues, too.”
25 May 2014

Energy Future holdings files for bankruptcy

The lights will stay on for the Texas households and businesses that are Energy Future's customers, partly because the Texas grid operator can forge special contracts to keep power flowing from ailing, but essential, plants. The company also will have cash, thanks in part to more than $11 billion in bankruptcy loans.
30 Apr 2014

Role of Texas wind power debated after winter emergency

On Monday it [wind] only contributed about 3.2 percent of electricity used during peak demand, perhaps tempering any perception that wind saved the day and kept parts of the grid from going dark in rolling blackouts. “It’s a nice story for wind, but it’s scary that they are relying on it on emergency situations. I think wind should be looked at as a buffer and that the grid should always have fossil fuel resources to prevent an event.”
8 Jan 2014

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

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
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