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The thing about West Texas that you can't ignore, that you can never forget, is the wind.
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.
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."
Wind energy figures compiled during one week are outdated by the next.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.
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.
The Texas project, announced in June with plants scheduled to begin operations in 2014, is expected to be the first in a new wave of economical and emissions-free nuclear power plants.
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.
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."
The five-year wind-farm development project, with an anticipated total generating capacity of 2,015 MW, will be located at five wind farms in New York, Texas, and South Dakota, the companies said.
Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, recently announced details of the state's second offshore wind farm - a development off the coast of Padre Island National Seashore.
The massive turbines, capable of generating 1.5 megawatts of electricity, will be used in projects in New York, Pennsylvania and 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.