Articles from Texas

Some are happy to pay more for electricity

Local architect Stephen Colley jumped at the chance to pay more for his electricity on the first day he was able to do so. That's right, he volunteered to pay higher electric rates. So have hundreds of thousands of others around the country, and more are doing so every day, paying a premium to buy "green" energy and reduce the release of greenhouse gases.
5 Sep 2006

Deal on offshore wind farm doesn't add up for Texas

In reality, this project should generate for its investors about $2.46 billion over 20 years through the sale of power and Texas renewable energy credits, which are paid by Texas ratepayers. An additional $333 million in federal production tax credits will be added to the revenue stream, along with an anticipated county and school tax abatement (tax forgiveness) generally demanded by all wind project developers of between $125 million and $265 million, depending on the project cost. With the project taking advantage of almost half a billion in tax abatements and credits (some directly out of school district funds and state school funds), lease royalties of only $34 million to $112 million to benefit the state education fund hardly add up to "a good deal." Simply put, Texas public school children, and all Texas residents, will be harmed from a revenue standpoint if the Superior project is built.
28 Aug 2006

Texas to bid for wind research facility

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas will bid for a proposed Department of Energy wind turbine research and development facility, the state's land commissioner said Thursday. The facility would be able to test wind turbine blades reaching 230 feet. Applications for the site are due Oct. 2.
25 Aug 2006

Public to weigh in on wind plan

The Panhandle is edging closer to plugging into the electricity market downstate. Public Utility Commission members voted Wednesday to take public comment on a process that could allow wind-generated power to flow south on a new $1 billion transmission line.
24 Aug 2006

Wind Farm Supplying Energy to San Antonio

The temperature has been at-or-above 99 degrees. We're all looking for a way to cool off. For many of us, it means turning on fans and air conditioners and CPS is reporting record demand. "We're meeting about close to 7 to 10% of that with wind energy. All depending on whether the wind is blowing in West Texas," said Theresa Brown Cortez, a spokesperson for CPS Energy.
19 Aug 2006

Panhandle Wind Power Could Help Light the Rest of Texas

For supply reasons, a power company doesn't want more than 12 percent of the power being generated by wind, Swinford said. While it seems the wind blows constantly, it doesn't, so coal or natural gas is needed for stability of supply. Xcel Energy, the power company serving the Texas Panhandle, is the No. 1 power company using wind in the nation, Swinford said. When all the planned wind farms are built in the Xcel service area, it will have reached its maximum 12 percent for the transmission lines here. "So we have to get some way to hook our wind to a line out of the Panhandle, because we're done," he said. "We don't have the people to justify more production up here."
14 Aug 2006

Summit to address use of wind energy

Wind energy figures compiled during one week are outdated by the next. That's because wind energy projects are expanding at such a rapid rate that numbers mean almost nothing, said Greg Wortham, executive director of the West Texas Wind Energy Consortium in Sweetwater. The group is hosting the inaugural Texas Wind Industrial Network Summit in San Angelo on Wednesday to discuss the exploding wind energy industry.
9 Aug 2006

Wind energy continues rise across region

FPL Energy's Horse Hollow 2 made West Texas the wind energy leader in the Americas when the project was energized in June. When Horse Hollow 3 is energized in a few weeks, the U.S. wind energy capacity will top the 10,000 megawatt threshold.
3 Aug 2006

Prairie wind: Texas tops in production

Texas capacity stands at 2,370 megawatts...... according to a midyear report to be released today by the American Wind Energy Association. That puts Texas slightly ahead of California, the nation's leader since 1981. California has 2,323 megawatts of capacity. The total U.S. capacity is 9,971 megawatts.
25 Jul 2006

Little love left on the prairie

Elsewhere, the General Land Office has gotten into real estate speculation, destroying rare habitats for profit. For instance, in discussions regarding coastal wind farms, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson dismisses grave neo-tropical bird migration concerns with "This is Texas. We don't have Walter Cronkite and Ted Kennedy whining about their back yards."
24 Jul 2006

Residents consider turbines

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.
30 Jun 2006

Not a fan?

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.
29 Jun 2006
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