Articles filed under General from Texas

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

Two Nueces County school districts oppose wind farms

The governing boards of the London and Bishop districts each unanimously approved the measures, saying industrial-scale wind turbines are unsightly, devalue surrounding property, create noise and affect wildlife and livestock. The resolutions come as E.On Climate & Renewables hopes to begin construction on its 80-turbine farm near Petronila in 2013.
7 Sep 2012

Wind energy industry faces stiff headwind; Projects race against deadline for tax credit

Two large wind energy projects in the Texas Panhandle are racing against a looming Dec. 31 deadline when a critical federal tax credit expires, threatening to toss an already tumbling industry into freefall. Project leaders are confident about the immediate future, but they and the companies that build the components used in wind farms are worried about next year.
15 Jul 2012

Wind energy is booming, but where's the money?

Jerry Beaird has 16 wind turbines on his property. They've been producing quite efficiently but Beaird hasn't seen a single penny since November. ...So how could record production leave the landowners completely dry? The letters state various market factors attributed to the lack of revenue. They don't go into specifics, but Beaird has his own ideas.
7 Jun 2012

Sinton ISD sues city over wind turbine project, cites open meeting violations

While some council members have tried to let the district's plan move forward, other members and city officials are upset that the district didn't approach the city about the project in 2009 when it was first being considered. They feel the district tried to ram the project through City Hall without deference to neighboring property owners and city officials.
4 Apr 2012

Army Corps launches study of proposed South Texas offshore wind farms

The first public meeting on the project is planned for March 28 in Brownsville. The Corps is accepting public comments that will help define the scope of its environmental study, which is expected to be complete by the end of 2014. Environmental groups are tracking the project and have raised concerns about the turbines' effects on birds and sea life.
15 Mar 2012

Sinton wind turbine dispute charts new territory

"The issue of renewable energy development has been polarized in recent months across the country," said Russel Smith, director of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association. "Anybody paying attention who is politically oriented and motivated will be aware of that. As a result, in many local communities, the effort to put some restrictions is the first thing that happens" when a wind project is proposed.
26 Feb 2012

City, district officials could enter legal dispute over wind turbine project at Sinton High School

At a City Council meeting Tuesday night, City Manager Jackie Knox quoted from a Texas Attorney General's opinion in 2009 that says cities may enforce land development regulations against a school district for aesthetics or to maintain property values. "We feel the attorney general's interpretation is what we have to go by," Knox said.
22 Feb 2012

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