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Study to examine whether they should pay a share of expenses to move electricity
The lawsuit claims the primary companies behind the project - E.On Renewables and Duke Energy - misled the community, property owners and stakeholders on what they were getting. Sixty plaintiffs allege they've suffered "various damages and injuries" because wind turbines are "in close proximity" to their homes.
Despite an effort by a wind farm developer to come to a compromise with the City over several concerns, the City is moving ahead with plans to annex some of the property where a new wind farm project is planned.
Texas is the largest producer of wind energy in the United States, and research on how wind farms affect local, regional and even global climate is a large area of study. After speaking with Texas scientists and climatologists, we found conflicting results.
South Padre Island City Manager William DiLibero said the company’s decision to withdraw from the wind farm project was based on concerns over threats to migratory birds. “If there’s a threat to migratory birds we’re pleased to see the (company) is pulling its application,” DiLibero said.
In a memo to the commission Thursday, Nelson said the federal tax credit for wind power was distorting the power market. She said that could potentially push base-load generation like coal and nuclear off the grid. And she ordered an examination of the costs to maintain and upgrade the power grid for wind farms and other renewable sources.
“We’re talking about a very obtrusive piece of equipment,” he said, “and it’s going to be noisy, and it’s going to be unattractive, and it’s going to devalue their land. The way I see it, that means it devalues tax revenues, too.”
NextEra Energy Resources is planning to shut two of its wind farms in Texas after both were significantly damaged by ice storms in November. ...Ice storms that hit the region in November caused significant damage to the turbines at both facilities as well as the transmission system.
"These are the first wind facilities to seek retirement in the ERCOT region," Robbie Searcy, a spokeswoman for the grid operator, said Monday. ...Ice storms that hit the region in November caused significant damage to the turbines at both facilities as well as the transmission system in West Texas, Stengel said.
The lights will stay on for the Texas households and businesses that are Energy Future's customers, partly because the Texas grid operator can forge special contracts to keep power flowing from ailing, but essential, plants. The company also will have cash, thanks in part to more than $11 billion in bankruptcy loans.
The city is against a wind farm project, but it's not within their power to stop it. Now they're asking lawmakers to change that.
As we've reported, the city council passed a resolution opposing that wind farm, which lies within the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction. The city is also attempting to annex that land.
With the completion of Texas’ $7 billion Competitive Renewable Energy Zone project, there are now more transmission lines than needed. That has enabled developers to sell their power at higher rates and brought the practice of selling electricity at zero or negative to a virtual halt.
The City of Corpus Christi may have effectively killed a proposed wind farm project in the Chapman Ranch area, just outside the city limits, in a single vote at Tuesday's council meeting.
City councilman Rudy Garza told KRIS-6 news his colleagues on the council agree that a wind farm on the outskirts of town, including one now proposed near Chapman Ranch, is the wrong move.
The lawsuit states the wind turbines create “acoustic pressure pulsations that affect peoples’ health.” Some residents were “even forced to abandon their homes,” the lawsuit states.
Twenty-three residents including Willacy County Commissioner Noe Loya and Precinct 3 Justice of Peace Juan Silva Jr. filed the lawsuit against Duke Energy and E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, arguing the companies built wind turbines that create noise, devalue property, pose possible health risks and spoil the county’s landscape.
On Monday it [wind] only contributed about 3.2 percent of electricity used during peak demand, perhaps tempering any perception that wind saved the day and kept parts of the grid from going dark in rolling blackouts. “It’s a nice story for wind, but it’s scary that they are relying on it on emergency situations. I think wind should be looked at as a buffer and that the grid should always have fossil fuel resources to prevent an event.”
The future of the Delaware Mountains wind farms – for years, a source of more than a dozen high-paying local jobs – is in limbo, six weeks after a powerful ice storm took down transmission poles and other crucial infrastructure at the facility. The wind farms have been off-line since the ice storm, which struck the weekend of Nov. 23 and dealt a serious blow to electrical infrastructure across the region.
“Once this deadline passes in December, it definitely puts uncertainty on future projects,” he said. “Instead of laying folks off and contracting our spending, we’re simply moving to other markets. “Canada, Mexico and South America are pretty busy right now. Pretty much everything except for Europe is open to more wind energy right now.”