Articles from Texas
The winds of change might soon be blowing in Hardeman County, and those winds might mean change in the pockets for farmers, ranchers and landowners in need of a little extra income.
GAINESVILLE, Texas — While residents to the east are rallying to stop a large tollway from affecting property values, among other factors, in western Cooke County there’s a struggle of another kind. A movement has begun to oppose a project by Florida Power and Light Co. to establish a long line of wind generators from west of Moss Lake through Muenster and Saint Jo.
Houston-based Direct Energy will purchase all output and Renewable Energy Credits, or RECs, from Airtricity's 90-megawatt Sand Bluff Wind Farm located 60 miles north of San Angelo.
For environmental and geopolitical reasons, the U.S. must reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Traditional coal-fired plants are dirty and contribute to foul air problems in North Texas and elsewhere. Coal gasification, a cleaner technology, is relatively untested on a large scale. Wind and solar power are clean but insufficient. Natural gas is becoming more expensive.
The Irish company that wants to build a 40 to 50 megawatt wind farm in northern Saratoga County is getting $120 million from GE Energy Financial Services and two other backers for a similar project in West Texas.
he honeymoon is over -- for now -- for Xcel Energy customers who enjoyed a price advantage by using the Windsource voluntary green-power program.
Elegant, sleek design - or giant three-armed Cyclops? Those terms are used to describe the same thing in the debate over wind farms. While many promote them as a futuristic form of alternative energy, opponents see them as blights on the landscape.
...the Gulf of Mexico along the Texas and Western Louisiana coast hosts the largest concentration of Neotropical migratory birds in the Western Hemisphere. These birds move by the billions between Latin America and North America.
While proponents of wind energy see a potential economic boom by harnessing the wind, at least one state public policy think tank researcher is warning that turbine farms aren't a panacea. He says the cost of transporting the electricity generated in the Concho Valley to urban markets in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio might sap the long-term value of rural wind energy generation.
The next stage for bringing wind power offshore will start this summer. Wind Energy Systems Technologies, a subsidiary of Herman Schellstede and Associates Inc. in New Iberia, has completed its sea-floor study of an area eight miles off the coast of Galveston, Texas.
Texas may soon be the nation's premier producer of America's most expensive electricity.
But the Texas Gulf Coast is properly described as the crown jewel of bird-watching venues. The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail spans the entire 624 miles of our Gulf Coast, from Beaumont to Brownsville the first of its kind in the nation.
WASHINGTON - A proposed wind farm that would be the biggest offshore one in the nation won approval Thursday from Texas state officials, the latest development in the fast-growing segment of the alternative-energy industry.
Fifty miles south of Corpus Christi, a few miles offshore, as many as 170 wind turbines will tower over the water, generating enough electricity to power 125,000 homes, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said Thursday.
AUSTIN - The nation's largest offshore wind farm will be built off the Padre Island seashore in South Texas, a critical migratory bird flyway, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said Thursday.
Some want renewable energy fast; others want to slow down to check on birds.
The environmental community is divided over a deal the state`s General Land Office signed with Wind Energy Systems Technology, or WEST. The deal is to develop 50 wind turbines off the coast of Galveston that would power about 40-thousand homes that wouldn`t rely on fossil fuels. The problem is that Galveston is beneath a critical migratory bird path that links North America to Central and South America wintering grounds.
The University of Texas School of Law is joining with the West Texas Wind Energy Consortium and the Sweetwater law firm of Steakley, Wetsel and Carmichael to organize the first-ever Wind Energy Institute on June 1-2 on the Sweetwater campus of Texas State Technical College West Texas.
Texas now ranks second in wind energy produced each year, trailing only California in the amount of the renewable resource, Texas Railroad Commissioner Victor Carrillo said in San Angelo this week.
Shifting winds in the energy market will have Austin Energy paying significantly more for its next batch of bluster.