The Route 66 Wind project is in Armstrong and Carson Counties, Texas.

Texas wind project creates construction jobs, boost local tax revenues from 75 turbines

First Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, today announced that it has obtained $206 million in financing for its Route 66 Wind project in Armstrong and Carson Counties, Texas.  With financing closed for its first renewable energy project in Texas, First Wind will continue engineering and construction activities on the project. The Route 66

Duke battery

36 MW energy storage now online in Texas

Duke Energy Renewables has completed its 36-MW energy storage and power management system at its Notrees Windpower Project in west Texas. The system became fully operational in December, 2012. “Battery storage is an important innovation to address the variability of wind and solar energy generation,” said Duke Energy Renewables President Greg Wolf. “Developing an expertise

The training tower, about a 20-ft tall duplicate, lets students get a taste of wind work  on the Texas State Technical College.

Things I learned at WindTech 2012

Technical school for wind techs is usually about 18 to 24 months. But you can’t learn everything in a classroom. Sometimes you have to climb a tower, many towers. And that is good way to learn. But after a few years out of the classroom, it’s a good idea to come back and find out

The keynote address on day one was by Judah Moseson, the director of technical serfices with Infigen Energy. He told the 125 attendees that they make the wind industry run.

WindTech 2012 delivers a dose of realworld

  Who is most likely to be hurt in the nacelle: the tech just out of school or the experienced older technician? Actually, said safety expert Todd Shelton with Star Safety Services, the more complacent one. “Their guard is down and they are not expecting an accident,” he said. Shelton illustrates the answer with a

Texas A&M website

Texas university generates 60 kW from 3 VAWTs

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President Flavius Killebrew officially “flipped the switch” recently to turn on three 20-kW vertical axis wind turbines, which make up the largest vertical-axis wind turbine installation of its kind in the United States. The site at the main campus also includes a small 4-kW campus wind turbine, which can be lowered

Can your utility do this? Ercot website tracks its recent load and provides a forecast. Recently, wind in Texas set a production record.

Texas sets a new wind record

Texas set a new record for wind-power output in October 2011 as coastal wind farms start playing a bigger role in supplying electricity to the state, the grid operator said in a report. The amount of electricity produced from wind on the afternoon of October 7 set a record at 7,400 MW, more than 78%

The SE8720IIIE wind turbine generators (in the background) are intended for the 60-Hz power grid and meet UL, ISO, ANSI and OSHA related standards.

Chinese company commissions its first turbines in Texas

Sany Electric has commissioned it first of five 2-MW wind turbines in the U.S. in June 2011. The project broke ground in December 2010 and was undertaken by Sany Electric in Ralls, Texas, a town east of Lubbock. Baker RD helped in the construction phase of the contract. AVIC International, a strategic partner in China

Barry Smitherman

Texas power commissioner: EPA rules behind summer power problems

Barry Smitherman, a Commissioner with the Texas Railroad Commission, made the following testimony to a Washington investigative committee. The Railroad Commission was founded in the Texas Constitution in 1891, and we regulate the oil, gas, and lignite coal mining industries in Texas. We are recognized worldwide for our expertise in fossil-fuel regulation. Prior to my

The SouthernCross transmission line will use HVDC to deliver Texas wind energy from ERCOT to users in Louisana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Texas HVDC line to reach Louisiana and Mississippi

Pattern Energy Group LP says it has reached a milestone in development of its Southern Cross transmission project in an agreement with several Texas utilities and making two applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. “Pattern is making steady progress on the development of its Southern Cross project, which will let Texas share its abundant

The Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center in Texas boasts 291 GE 1.5 MW units and 130 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. Turbines like these near the Texas coast were productive during the Texas heat wave of 2011.

Windpower helped tame the Texas heat of 2011

by Denise Bode, CEO,  American Wind Energy Association. In contrast to the comments on some ill intentioned blogs, ERCOT (Electricity Reliability Council of Texas) CEO Trip Doggett credited wind power with a critical contribution during the summer power emergency in Texas. He did the same after a sudden freeze stressed the Texas system in February.