wind energy http://hppr.org en On the roads: Trucks transporting wind farm parts from Kansas and Iowa to the Texas Panhandle http://hppr.org/post/roads-trucks-transporting-wind-farm-parts-kansas-and-iowa-texas-panhandle <p></p><p>Pattern Energy is moving components from Hutchinson and Abilene, Kansas, as well as Iowa, to the Texas Panhandle.&nbsp; Sections of towers that hold the large blades in the air and the narcelles that hold the equipment that makes electricity from the turning blades are transported by trucks pulling specially built trailers.&nbsp; The components are headed for two projects located north of Amarillo.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29596 at http://hppr.org On the roads: Trucks transporting wind farm parts from Kansas and Iowa to the Texas Panhandle New study reveals wind turbine placement could reduce yield http://hppr.org/post/new-study-reveals-wind-turbine-placement-could-reduce-yield <p></p><p>A new study by the University of Texas at San Antonio found that placing wind turbines too closely together in a wind farm causes turbulence that reduces productivity according to <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/02/28/what-do-plane-flights-and-wind-farms-have-in-common-turbulence/">a recent article by StateImpact Texas</a>. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 05:00:04 +0000 Cindee Talley 28946 at http://hppr.org New study reveals wind turbine placement could reduce yield Texas: Wind turbine clearinghouse comes to Plainview http://hppr.org/post/texas-wind-turbine-clearinghouse-comes-plainview <p></p><p>Tri Global Energy and BNSF Railway have joined forces to create a clearinghouse for wind energy equipment east of Plainview, Texas <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-03-03/rail-wind-companies-plan-massive-energy-clearinghouse-hale-county-kevin">according to The Amarillo Globe-News</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 28882 at http://hppr.org Texas: Wind turbine clearinghouse comes to Plainview Tax credit expiration leads to wind farm construction boom in Oklahoma http://hppr.org/post/tax-credit-expiration-leads-wind-farm-construction-boom-oklahoma <p>On December 31, the federal production tax credit for renewable energy expired. In Oklahoma, this stimulated 12,300 megawatts of wind projects to begin construction ahead of the deadline. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 06:01:01 +0000 Adam Vos 27694 at http://hppr.org Tax credit expiration leads to wind farm construction boom in Oklahoma Eagles: A Legal Casualty of Wind Energy http://hppr.org/post/eagles-legal-casualty-wind-energy <p></p><p>A new federal rule allows wind farms to obtain 30-year permits allowing the legal killing of bald and golden eagles <strong><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/science/earth/a-struggle-to-balance-wind-energy-with-wildlife.html?_r=0">reported Dan Frosch for the New York Times</a></strong>. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 25849 at http://hppr.org Eagles: A Legal Casualty of Wind Energy Rural neighbors split on wind energy lines http://hppr.org/post/rural-neighbors-split-wind-energy-lines <p></p><p>The rolling plains of Midwest farm country are being tapped for their natural resources again. This time, though, the bounty would be wind energy, instead of corn, wheat or soybeans.</p><p>Houston-based utility company Clean Line Energy Partners wants to produce a massive amount of wind energy on the plains. To do that, the company plans to build five large-scale high voltage transmission lines that would criss-cross the country, three of which would bring energy from Midwestern windmills to the energy grid to the east.</p> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 16:53:38 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 23473 at http://hppr.org Rural neighbors split on wind energy lines Oklahoma Panhandle: Business is Booming, But There’s No Place to Live http://hppr.org/post/oklahoma-panhandle-business-booming-there-s-no-place-live <p></p><p>From Guymon in the Oklahoma Panhandle to Ponca City in the north of the state, significant permanent population growth and workforce housing demands are exceeding the housing supply, said Dr. Kay Decker.&nbsp; Decker is a professor of sociology, and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 22719 at http://hppr.org Oklahoma Panhandle: Business is Booming, But There’s No Place to Live The Texas Wind Rush: It started with an Unlikely Leader http://hppr.org/post/texas-wind-rush-it-started-unlikely-leader <p></p><p>George W Bush.&nbsp; When you think of that name what comes to mind?</p><ul><li>The Yale party boy of the late 1970s?</li><li>The son of a Yankee blueblood who made a ton of money on Texas oil?</li><li>The son of a politician?</li><li>A native of Midland?</li><li>A Texas oil baron?</li><li>A Texas governor?</li><li>President of the United States?</li><li>September 11?</li><li>Wind energy champion? Wed, 18 Sep 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 21752 at http://hppr.org The Texas Wind Rush: It started with an Unlikely Leader Which is easiest to build, a wind farm or a transmission line? http://hppr.org/post/which-easiest-build-wind-farm-or-transmission-line <p>The high plains are wind-rich, but the biggest need for energy is on the populous coasts.&nbsp; The issue is easily seen. &nbsp;&nbsp;<strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2013/09/03/oklahomas-wind-energy-transmission-gap-in-two-images/">State Impact Oklahoma</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> shared these maps.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The higher the wind speed, the higher the energy potential. &nbsp;Look where the greatest potential is.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 21181 at http://hppr.org Which is easiest to build, a wind farm or a transmission line? Texas Wind Energy Production: West Texas Leads http://hppr.org/post/texas-wind-energy-production-west-texas-leads <p>Texas leads the nation in wind energy production, and a lot of that wind power comes from the panhandle. &nbsp;<strong><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/08/19/mapped-wind-energy-in-texas/">A recent article from State Impact Texas</a></strong> features a map showing annual wind energy production by county.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>If you’d like to see wind energy production around the world, <strong><a href="http://www.thewindpower.net/services_en.php#windfarms">The Wind Power</a>,</strong> is a wind industry website that maintains a database of all wind farms.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 20470 at http://hppr.org Texas Wind Energy Production: West Texas Leads Pantex: New Industry Financed Wind Farm Breaks Ground http://hppr.org/post/pantex-new-industry-financed-wind-farm-breaks-ground <p></p><p>Ground was broken on the largest federally owned wind farm in the nation on Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo reported the <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-08-13/pantex-project-taps-wind-major-electricity-source"><strong>Amarillo Globe-News</strong></a>.&nbsp; Officials from the National Nuclear Security Administration, Texas Tech University, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and contractor Siemens Government Technologies were present.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 20236 at http://hppr.org Pantex: New Industry Financed Wind Farm Breaks Ground High Plains States among Top in Wind Production http://hppr.org/post/high-plains-states-among-top-wind-production <p>Texas remains on top of the nation in total wind energy produced in 2012, while Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado are not far behind, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy.</p><p>Additions to each state's wind generation capacity last year are keeping the four plains states in the top ten of wind energy producers, as indicated by the DOE's <a href="http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/pdfs/workshops/2013_summit/wiser.pdf"><strong>Wind Technologies Market Report</strong></a>. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Adam Vos 19902 at http://hppr.org High Plains States among Top in Wind Production Government, Academia, and Industry Join to Create a Better Wind Farm http://hppr.org/post/government-academia-and-industry-join-create-better-wind-farm <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>What do you get when you combine resources from The U.S. Department of Energy, a private company named Vestas, and Texas Tech University? &nbsp;A project with the goal of creating a better wind farm.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 18900 at http://hppr.org Government, Academia, and Industry Join to Create a Better Wind Farm Texas Wins: Energy Dichotomy http://hppr.org/post/texas-wins-energy-dichotomy <p></p><p><strong>Texas</strong>.&nbsp; Everything's bigger in Texas.&nbsp; A recent piece by <strong><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/07/05/how-texas-won-the-race-to-harness-the-wind/">State Impact Texas</a>, </strong>noted it not only applies to fossil fuel production, but also pollution.&nbsp; The biggest polluter is also the state with the most wind energy, more than any other state, as a matter of fact, more than a lot of countries.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 05:01:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 18360 at http://hppr.org Texas Wins: Energy Dichotomy