April 16, 2013
Windtane contour map of the state of Texas
by Donald Leera, Byungik Chang, David Carrb, Kenneth Starcherb, Roy Issac
a Project Department, WRB Refinery, Borger, TX 79007, USA
b Alternative Energy Institute, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX 79016, USA
c School of Engineering and Computer Science, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX 79016, USA
• The paper shows a new style of wind power map for the state of Texas using ArcGIS.
• A new type of wind map is developed from the Texas wind power data.
• The paper represents the quality of the wind (wind and tane) over various heights.
• The Windtane map aids wind farm developers the most cost effective wind farms.
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Texas High Plains Prepare for Agriculture Without Irrigation
By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue (Friday, 05 April 2013)
Southern farmers are making changes now to wean themselves from the Ogallala Aquifer, a water source that gave rise to industrial agriculture and modern life on America’s plains.
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November 4, 2011
Vestas receives order
Vestas has received a 99 MW order from E.ON Climate and Renewables North America for 55 V100-1.8 MW turbines for the Anacacho wind-energy project near Uvalde, Texas. The contract includes deli …more
Wind farm development can be powerful, as long as proper design is implemented.
Wind energy helps alleviate some of the environmental concerns about burning fossil fuels, but wind farms also introduce their own problems related to wildlife conservation, including habitat loss a … more info
August 3, 2011
Here’s some more news on the end of the research lab at Bushland, by Kevin Welch at the Amarillo Globe-News.
Some types of energy projects have been spinning at Bushland’s Conservation and Production Laboratory for more than three decades, but they’ll start slowing to a stop in two years.
“Our national research program office said it wanted a stronger emphasis on biofuels, and we are the only solar/wind program so we kind of stuck out,” acting lab director Terry Howell said. “But there will be no impact on federal funding or personnel. The only people who will be affected by the transition work for West Texas A&M.”
All the soil and water conservation, feedlot, crop management and plant variety improvement work at the lab will continue.
It’s part of a change of concept and philosophy by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced four more biomass projects in several states, but not Texas, to use non-food crops such as wood, oil seed or switchgrass to create fuel.
Click here to read the full article on the Globe-News web site.
For more on Bushland, check out this NewsChannel10 Amarillo interview.
NewsChannel 10 Amarillo posted a video this weekend about the end of the USDA wind research program in Bushland. AEI’s Ken Starcher was interviewed for this story.
Click here to view the video on the NewsChannel 10 web site.
For more on Bushland, check out this Amarillo Globe-News article.
July 25, 2011
Texas Monthly will be publishing an article featuring the Alternative Energy Institute‘s former director, Dr. Vaughn Nelson. Nelson was also a professor at West Texas A&M University and recently authored the book Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment.
Here is a brief preview of the article A Mighty Wind (by Kate Galbraith and Asher Price).
One cool Lubbock afternoon in 1979, Father Joe James made a kite. He nailed together a small wooden cross, glued paper across it, and on the long tail of twine tied streamers every five feet. Then he walked out of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, the energy-saving, below-ground house of worship he had designed, climbed up a modest slope, and launched the contraption above the church’s school and football field. Staring up at the fluttering streamers, he could gauge which way the wind was blowing and where it blew hardest.
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Thank you Class 4 Winds for giving us a heads up on this!
July 18, 2011
More local news via the Amarillo Globe-News! This article is by Kevin Welch.
Xcel Energy plans on moving an idle turbine from near Borger to Tucumcari, N.M., to provide backup power there. The unit has provided additional power during peak demand using natural gas, said Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves, but the company will convert it to run on diesel fuel.
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March 25, 2011
Here is this week’s Renewable Energy News Round Up! This is a collection of new, important or offbeat renewable energy news we’ve found throughout the week.
Report: U.S. solar $6 billion industry in 2010
By Candice Lombari at CNET GreenTech
The U.S. solar market grew 67 percent from a $3.6 billion market in 2009 to $6 billion in 2010, according to “U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2010 Year in Review,” a report released this month by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research.
California installed the most photovoltaics last year, with 258.9 megawatts of direct current (MWdc), followed by New Jersey in second place with 137.1, and Nevada with 61.4. Others on the Top 10 list in order of greatest installations included Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas.
Austin legislators push solar energy measures
Texas is the top-producing state for wind-generated electricity just 12 years after a legislative deal jump-started the industry.
The Legislature is now debating whether Texas should provide a similar subsidy for other renewable energy sources that, according to proponents, would kick-start solar, geothermal and biomass as job-producing industries. The goals also would be to diversify the state’s renewable energy base and help the environment.
PUC approves line route to transmit wind energy
The pace of wind energy transmission approvals for the Panhandle is building from a breeze to a gale with another route finalized and the last two moving along.
The Public Utility Commission approved a line route from near Lefors to the Panhandle area on Friday that could cost $62 million for about 40 miles of high-voltage transmission. That will put the cost of the three segments Cross Texas is building at more than $200 million, according to the company.
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February 4, 2011
Wind power played a major role in keeping the blackouts from becoming more severe. Between 5 and 7 A.M. this morning (the peak of the electricity shortage) wind turbines was providing between 3,500 and 4,000 MW,
Many parts of the Texas experienced rolling blackouts, coinciding with unusually cold temperatures across many parts of the state. Millions of customers statewide appear to have been affected. Here are the facts as they are currently understood:
Wind energy played a major role in keeping the blackouts from becoming more severe. Between 5 and 7 A.M. this morning (the peak of the electricity shortage) wind farm power was providing between 3,500 and 4,000 MW, roughly the amount it had been forecast and scheduled to provide. That is about 7% of the state’s total electricity demand at that time, or enough for about 3 million average homes.
Cold and icy conditions caused unexpected equipment failures at power plants, taking up to 50 fossil-fired power plants totaling 7,000 MW of capacity offline.
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January 28, 2011
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From Repower America, by Ryan Koronowski, ACP Research Director:
When you think of Texas and the energy resources it possesses, the first image that might come to your mind is an oil derrick.
This is perfectly reasonable — Texas produces the most crude oil in the United States and more than twice as much as California. But oil isn’t the only energy resource Texas produces in large volumes.
In fact, Texas also leads the U.S. in wind power production. And business is booming for the companies and communities in the Texas panhandle wind corridor. Many farmers and ranchers love wind because when they allow the turbines on their land, the operators can pay landowners leasing fees and even a small percentage of revenues. A report released this week noted that wind power represented 7.8% of total electricity production for most electricity consumers in Texas last year. This is up from 4.9% in 2008 — a huge increase.
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