AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation released a new video that reveals a side of the debate over wind energy that rarely receives any attention – the downside. “Like any energy source, wind energy comes with tradeoffs,” said Bill Peacock, TPPF’s vice president for research. “The reality is that wind energy comes at a great cost, particularly to nearby homeowners. One of the great drawbacks of wind turbines is the noise.” TPPF interviewed Comanche County residents who live near wind farms. “Some people describe it as a jet plane that never lands,” said one resident.
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Ojeda grows coastal hay for horses and understands the need for clean energy. But what bothers him is the reality he's now beginning to understand: wind energy is the least regulated public utility in Texas.
News of a possible wind farm development near a northwest Texas Air Force base has raised concerns about protecting military properties from outside development. Related legislation is poised to be a part of this legislative session. This is part of our "State of Mind" video series. The 15 military installations based in Texas prepare thousands of service members and generate more than 136-billion dollars in economic activity each year, according to the state comptroller. State lawmakers want to ensure nothing interferes with the bases’ missions.
New information tonight on safety concerns surrounding a planned wind farm in the Chapman Ranch area. A recent Navy study says that wind farm could make it dangerous for the navy to train pilots in our area.
Following the catestrophic failure of a Clipper turbine sited in Texas, BP documented the desctruction of the tower in this video.
Lightning strikes a wind turbine north of Sterling City, Texas. Duration: 30 seconds
The Texas Wind Resistance Alliance (www.nortexwind.org) produced this video. Duration: 3 minutes 24 seconds