Property Owners Seek to Block Wind Power Lines

Many Texans like wind power. Few want electric transmission lines running through their ranches. 

That's the difficulty facing the state's energy regulators as they set about approving routes for nearly $5 billion worth of new wires across Central and West Texas. The lines are key to the state's aggressive promotion of wind power, because they will allow more clean electricity to travel from breezy western mesas to big cities. 

But property-owner frustration was evident earlier this month at a jam-packed meeting of the Public Utility Commission, which convened to authorize routes for Oncor, a Dallas-based ...

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