Tribpedia: Wind Energy

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Wind energy is a renewable form of energy derived from wind turbines. Wind energy produces zero emissions at the source, consumes no fossil fuels and uses no water. Due to its environmental benefits, low operating costs and increasing demand for alternative fuel sources, wind energy is one of the fastest-growing forms of energy nationwide.

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First Wind, Now Gas: Tax Breaks Face Scrutiny

A natural gas compressor station located near La Grange, Texas, on Jan. 29, 2014.
A natural gas compressor station located near La Grange, Texas, on Jan. 29, 2014.

After calling for an end to subsidies for wind energy production, the Texas comptroller will soon release a report that could rekindle debate surrounding Texas’ largest incentive for natural gas producers. The tax exemption for "high cost" gas has shaved more than $7 billion off operators' tax bills since 2008.

Keller ISD Superintendent Randy Reid spoke during an Aug. 11, 2014, town hall meeting, where attendees debated whether to put a $175 million bond up to Keller ISD voters in the general election.
Keller ISD Superintendent Randy Reid spoke during an Aug. 11, 2014, town hall meeting, where attendees debated whether to put a $175 million bond up to Keller ISD voters in the general election.

Series: Bypassed by the Miracle

Check out Bypassed by the Miracle, our seven-part series on the people and communities that have missed out on Texas' economic success or are finding that it comes at a price. You can also read our related Falling Behind and Hurting For Work series.

Gov. Rick Perry has said that a new federal proposal to cut carbon emissions is "the most direct assault yet on the energy providers that employ thousands of Americans."
Gov. Rick Perry has said that a new federal proposal to cut carbon emissions is "the most direct assault yet on the energy providers that employ thousands of Americans."

What Texas Could Do to Follow Climate Change Rules

Gov. Rick Perry and other Texas leaders say a federal proposal to combat climate change is a direct assault on energy providers. This Tribune analysis examines what Texas and its energy providers would have to do to reach the goals set forth in the proposal — if that proposal stays as is.

TribLive: Keeping the Lights On in Texas

Full video of our panel discussion in San Antonio on the future of Texas' electric grid with Trip Doggett, president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas; Marita Mirzatuny, project manager for the Environmental Defense Fund’s U.S. Climate and Energy Program; John Fainter Jr., president and CEO of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas, Inc.; and Doyle Beneby, president and CEO of CPS Energy. 

Jim Howell stands on the easement of the Exxon Mobile Pegasus pipeline which runs through his property in Gun Barrel City on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.
Jim Howell stands on the easement of the Exxon Mobile Pegasus pipeline which runs through his property in Gun Barrel City on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.

East Texans Seek Shutdown of Pegasus Pipeline

About eight months after a ruptured pipe spewed at least 210,000 gallons of tar sands oil in Arkansas, residents and some public officials in East Texas are calling on federal regulators to permanently shut down the Pegasus pipeline, which runs beneath local reservoirs and backyards, amid concerns that it could leak elsewhere. 

A wind farm near Abeline, TX, April 5, 2011
A wind farm near Abeline, TX, April 5, 2011

Tax Credit for Texas Wind Could Lapse

Texas Weekly

Swift renewal of a generous federal tax incentive for wind energy producers appears unlikely after Congress directed most of its recent attention to finding a way to turn the government back on. But the industry may not fare as bad this year as it has in the past.

Near Sweetwater, construction is complete on transmission lines that will connect windy regions of the state to its population centers. The total cost of all the lines throughout Texas is estimated at nearly $7 billion.
Near Sweetwater, construction is complete on transmission lines that will connect windy regions of the state to its population centers. The total cost of all the lines throughout Texas is estimated at nearly $7 billion.

$7 Billion CREZ Project Nears Finish, Aiding Wind Power

Developers expect to soon flip the switch on the final electrical transmission projects built under the state’s Competitive Renewable Energy Zone initiative. It's a nearly $7 billion effort to connect Texas' windiest, mostly secluded regions to communities that demand more power.

Chairman Barry Smitherman of the Railroad Commission of Texas in his office, May 31, 2013.
Chairman Barry Smitherman of the Railroad Commission of Texas in his office, May 31, 2013.

Texas Railroad Commission Chair Mulls Political Future

Barry Smitherman, the chairman of the Railroad Commission and former chairman of the Public Utility Commission, has earned praise as a smart and competent regulator. But he is also ambitious, and has been moving rightward with recent gun-friendly initiatives. Speculation is rife that he will make a bid for attorney general.

A Hearing for Water, and Growth for Wind

Texas Weekly

A landmark water case pitting North Texas against Oklahoma goes to the United States Supreme Court next week. The Tarrant Regional Water District, which serves Fort Worth and the surrounding area, has sought more water from Oklahoma, but the Sooner state isn’t selling.

 

CPS Energy's Blue Wing Solar Farm in San Antonio is the largest solar array in Texas and is capable of producing enough electricity to power 1,800 households.
CPS Energy's Blue Wing Solar Farm in San Antonio is the largest solar array in Texas and is capable of producing enough electricity to power 1,800 households.

Texas Renewable Energy Faces Hurdles in Legislature

Renewable energy advocates are bracing to defend critical policies that have helped Texas become the leading wind-power state. The ascendancy of the Tea Party, an abundance of cheap natural gas and tighter budgets have reduced the sway of the wind industry. Solar power advocates anticipate limited gains at best.

The Wind Blows, the Sun Shines: The Tax Breaks

Texas Weekly

Ten years ago, the renewable energy industry basked in political popularity. With the rise of the Tea Party, it is now under fire. Clean energy advocates will spend part of the legislative session fending off attacks. But they also have some big dreams.

Lesser Prairie Chicken
Lesser Prairie Chicken

Texas Energy Industry Could be Stymied by Small Grouse

In September, the federal government will decide whether to classify a West Texas grouse called the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. Such a move could have serious repercussions for the wind and drilling industries, which are fighting to keep it off the list.

Pat Wood: The TT Interview

The former chairman of the Public Utility Commission, a Port Arthur native, discusses the reasons behind the long-term power crunch in Texas (including whether deregulation had anything to do with it), his role in the wind boom and the future of solar power.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/13/11

Aaronson interactively charts the legal wrangling between Texas and the feds, Aguilar on what Obama's budget means for the border, Galbraith on congressional ambivalence about a wind tax credit, Grissom on cuts to crime victims services, Hamilton on UT-Austin's plan to boost graduation rates, Ramsey on our woefully low voter turnout, Ramshaw on a new Super PAC targeting incumbents of both parties, Root on conservative opposition to the Keystone pipeline and M. Smith on cash-starved school districts in the advertising game: The best of our best content from February 13-17, 2012.

In Texas, Ambivalence Over Wind Tax Credit Extension

Texas is by far the top-ranked state for wind power production. But the looming expiration of a federal tax credit jeopardizes the boom. Texas' congressional delegation does not appear to be clamoring loudly to save it, in contrast with wind-friendly states like Iowa and Colorado, where extending the credit has vocal bipartisan support.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/7/11

Ramshaw and Root on the debate that dominated the nation's political news, Tan and Ramshaw on how it will affect Rick Perry's campaign, Philpott on what "oops" might mean for Perry in South Carolina, Root on what it means in Iowa, Dehn with the latest Weekend Insider video, Galbraith on the split fates of water-related constitutional amendments, Grissom on an arrest in a 1986 murder case, Hamilton on UT-Arlington's efforts to control tuition costs and M. Smith, Murphy and Gerdau on West Texas schools raising money with wind farms: The best of our best content from November 7 to 11, 2011.

Daniel Yergin: The TT Interview

The Pulizer Prize-winning author and leading authority on energy on his new book, The Quest; the future of Texas energy, including wind, solar and natural gas prices; and the burning national debate on how to spell "fracking."

Video: Texas Windmillers at Work

A windmill company based in San Angelo has been making windmills since 1888 — and the family of Panhandle windmiller Mike Crowell has been in the business of fixing the machines nearly as long.