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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

City of Sinton rejects plan for wind turbines at high school

Residents were divided over the project. It would have offered the district electricity savings and real-world learning for math and science students, but it also was unappealing to some residents worried about the visual impact and noise. The Sinton Independent School District sought variances from a city ordinance adopted last year that regulates wind turbine construction.
14 Feb 2012

Comptroller's office recommends school district not approve tax incentives for Petronila wind farm project

The uncertainty surrounding the Petronila project underscores new efforts to reduce interference between wind farms and military radar, which emerged in the past two years as a hurdle for wind developers in South Texas. Wind turbines can create radar images that prevent air traffic controllers from seeing aircraft in certain areas.
28 Dec 2011

Austin Energy wind deal canceled

A Spanish company planning to expand its wind farm in Kenedy County scrapped its idea, according to Austin Energy, which had planned to buy up to 200 megawatts of the expanded facility's generating capacity.
3 Dec 2011

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
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