Articles filed under General from Texas

Those relying on direct payments from Abilene, Sweetwater-area wind farms may see downturn

But the lower price of natural gas has led to a decline in wholesale prices for electricity - which can reduce wind farm revenue. "I think it probably inhibits wind power development," Saathoff said, noting that natural gas prices have dropped by more than 50 percent since 2008. "The wind generators would make more money if natural gas prices were higher."
23 Oct 2011

Business owner, state employee arrested on fraud charges

Malouff, the founder of CM Energies and owner of CM Energies International, had said in the application that he would use $2 million of federal stimulus money to help build about 20 wind turbines in the city of Jonestown, according to an arrest affidavit. However, witnesses reported that the company could not produce the wind turbine technology and that the technology Malouff was promoting "did not exist."
15 Oct 2011

Fighting fire: Volunteer crews in county struggle to find enough funds

Volunteer firefighters from the Elm Creek Citizens Association, Buffalo Gap and View worked until early Sunday to put out a wind turbine blaze, which fire officials said sparked a grass fire in the Callahan Divide Wind Energy Center. The fire was the second turbine blaze in the area that posed risks when the wind-powered electrical generator scattered debris in the area.
4 Oct 2011

Wind(less) power

Robert Bryce notes for National Review Online that on an "unspeakably hot" Aug. 24 in Texas, 10,135 megawatts of wind-generation capacity supplied just 880 megawatts of power "when electricity was needed the most" -- in the afternoon, when wind subsides while heat and electricity demand rise.
19 Sep 2011

Texas wind energy fails, again

The state is spending billions on projects that focus on wind energy rather than on conventional generation capacity. Consumers will soon be paying for new transmission lines that are being built solely so that the subsidy-dependent wind-energy profiteers can move electricity ...Further, consider what might be happening had the state kept the $6.79 billion it's now spending on wind-energy transmission lines and instead allocated it to new natural-gas-fired generators.
30 Aug 2011

Call for wind farm to be ‘strangled at birth'

"We need more tourism if we are to survive the apprehensive world economy, but erecting a monstrosity of this ilk is a transgression of an area of outstanding beauty, indicating to tourists when they cross the border at Carter Bar that we do not care for our precious countryside," adds Mr Smith.
19 Aug 2011

The wind-energy myth

Bryce_graf_thumb The wind-energy lobby has been masterly at garnering huge subsidies and mandates by claiming that its product is a "green" alternative to conventional electricity. But the hype has obscured a dirty little secret: When power demand is highest, wind energy's output is generally low.
12 Aug 2011

Wind turbines frustrate ranchers

Bracewell and Dean have a website set up, complete with stories about what happened to them, photos and documents. It's called Two Skystream 3.7 Installations Gone Wrong. Their activism led to a confidential settlement and nondisparaging agreement offer from the company.
12 Jul 2011

Wind turbines interfere with radar

There’s the potential for plane propellers and the spinning turbines to look very similar on radar, causing potential problems for air control and that’s exactly why the city is keeping a close eye on future proposed sites.
19 Apr 2011

Commission orders northern route

The order came after more than 700 intervenors filed tens of thousands of pages of documents, provided four days of testimony to a panel of state judges, paid millions in legal fees for help with the nine-month battle and packed several rooms.
3 Mar 2011

Suit filed against Broadwind Energy

Earlier in the week, an Atlanta-based law firm had issued a news release saying it was investigating Broadwind. The Friday news release states that purchasers of common stock between March 17, 2009, and Aug. 9, 2010, may be part of the lawsuit.
12 Feb 2011

Gulf coast wind farms spring up, as do worries

But the arrival of turbines along the Gulf shores has spawned a range of concerns, like their impact on birds and coastal habitat and the turbines’ effect on military radar. “I think it’s a tragedy for the state and the coast,” said Jack Hunt, the former chief executive of the storied 825,000-acre King Ranch, which is next door to the Kenedy Ranch, where Iberdrola and another developer, Pattern Energy, have recently erected wind farms.
11 Feb 2011
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