wind energy

Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

On the roads: Trucks transporting wind farm parts from Kansas and Iowa to the Texas Panhandle

Pattern Energy moves wind turbine components by special trailer to the Texas Panhandle.
Credit amarillo.com

Pattern Energy is moving components from Hutchinson and Abilene, Kansas, as well as Iowa, to the Texas Panhandle.  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.  The components are headed for two projects located north of Amarillo.

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

New study reveals wind turbine placement could reduce yield

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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 recent article by StateImpact Texas.  

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Texas: Wind turbine clearinghouse comes to Plainview

Turbine blades on railcars like this, will be coming to Plainview, Texas.
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Tri Global Energy and BNSF Railway have joined forces to create a clearinghouse for wind energy equipment east of Plainview, Texas according to The Amarillo Globe-News

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Wind Energy
8:01 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Tax credit expiration leads to wind farm construction boom in Oklahoma

The 147-megawatt Weatherford Wind Energy Center.
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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.

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Eagles: A Legal Casualty of Wind Energy

A Red-Tailed Hawk takes off from an idle turbine blade near Livermore, Ca.
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A new federal rule allows wind farms to obtain 30-year permits allowing the legal killing of bald and golden eagles reported Dan Frosch for the New York Times.  

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Harvest Public Media story
7:53 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Rural neighbors split on wind energy lines

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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.

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.

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Influx of Ag and Wind Energy Workers
8:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Oklahoma Panhandle: Business is Booming, But There’s No Place to Live

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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.  Decker is a professor of sociology, and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.

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Literature
8:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

The Texas Wind Rush: It started with an Unlikely Leader

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George W Bush.  When you think of that name what comes to mind?

  • The Yale party boy of the late 1970s?
  • The son of a Yankee blueblood who made a ton of money on Texas oil?
  • The son of a politician?
  • A native of Midland?
  • A Texas oil baron?
  • A Texas governor?
  • President of the United States?
  • September 11?
  • Wind energy champion?
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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Which is easiest to build, a wind farm or a transmission line?

The high plains are wind-rich, but the biggest need for energy is on the populous coasts.  The issue is easily seen.   State Impact Oklahoma shared these maps. 

The higher the wind speed, the higher the energy potential.  Look where the greatest potential is.

Now, notice where the transmission lines are located.

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Texas Wind Energy Production: West Texas Leads

Credit State Impact Texas

Texas leads the nation in wind energy production, and a lot of that wind power comes from the panhandle.  A recent article from State Impact Texas features a map showing annual wind energy production by county. 

If you’d like to see wind energy production around the world, The Wind Power, is a wind industry website that maintains a database of all wind farms. 

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Pantex: New Industry Financed Wind Farm Breaks Ground

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Ground was broken on the largest federally owned wind farm in the nation on Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo reported the Amarillo Globe-News.  Officials from the National Nuclear Security Administration, Texas Tech University, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and contractor Siemens Government Technologies were present. 

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Natural Resources & Energy
8:01 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

High Plains States among Top in Wind Production

Wind turbines near Woodward, Okla.
Credit Logan Layden/StateImpact Oklahoma

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.

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 Wind Technologies Market Report.

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Government, Academia, and Industry Join to Create a Better Wind Farm

Texas Tech research wind energy research facility
Credit Texas Tech University

  What do you get when you combine resources from The U.S. Department of Energy, a private company named Vestas, and Texas Tech University?  A project with the goal of creating a better wind farm. 

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Wind Energy
8:01 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Texas Wins: Energy Dichotomy

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Texas.  Everything's bigger in Texas.  A recent piece by State Impact Texas, noted it not only applies to fossil fuel production, but also pollution.  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.  

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8:09 am
Wed June 12, 2013

New technology, unusual alliances and uncertain subsidies drive wind power

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Advances in technology, along with an unusual alliance of green and red politics, have spurred the growth of wind energy across the plains states. Yet the uncertainty of short-term tax credits has also created cycles of boom and bust that may harm the industry in the long run. The Economist magazine provides a good overview of the current state of play.
ON A breezy day in October last year the governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback, took a tour of his state's flourishing oil- and gas-exploration industry. But as the bus travelled across the open plains it was difficult not to notice a new phenomenon in Kansan energy: wind turbines. Lots of them.