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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

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

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

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

Wind power doesn't blow Austin away

If you're looking for an eco-friendly way to cut your utility bills, wind power may not be it. While residential wind turbines are flooding the retail market, folks who live in Austin need to think hard before making the investment.
25 Sep 2012

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