When Wind Turbines Move to Town – How Do Rural Communities Benefit?

By Anna Luke, American Wind Energy Association Originally published on Into the Wind It wasn’t always the case, but nowadays rural places are often among those in greatest need of new economic development. Sadly, the farm belt and Rust Belt have been losing jobs and investment for decades. It will take significant change to raise […]

Wind Coalition Responds to Flawed Reporting on Texas Wind Siting Legislation

The reporting on Texas Senate Bill 277 has consistently failed to accurately depict the current laws that thoughtfully assess the compatibility of wind energy projects in proximity to military bases.  In response to flawed and inaccurate reporting from a Wichita Falls news station, Wind Coalition President Jeff Clark sent the following response.  For the benefit of […]

Fort Hood Renewable Energy Facilities Enter Commercial Operations

Killeen, Texas – The U.S. Army’s largest single renewable energy project began officially generating clean electricity on April 27.Apex Clean Energy (Apex) developed, managed construction of, and currently operates the groundbreaking hybrid wind and solar complex, which will provide more than 50 percent of the annual load at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Apex […]

Commentary by Chris Brown: Wind is Winning in Texas

From the Austin American Statesman – April 11, 2017 Thirty miles north of the state capital, there’s a community that’s one of the first U.S. cities to get 100 percent of its power from wind and other renewable energy. It has generated national news attention and no small sense of wonder. Because in conservative Georgetown, […]

Low Natural Gas Prices, Not Wind Energy, Primarily Responsible for Coal’s Troubles

A repost from “Into the Wind”, blog of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) by Michael Goggin As we’ve observed previously, a common tactic when an energy source is facing market headwinds is to blame wind energy for its problems. Just as some nuclear power plant owners previously tried to blame wind energy for their […]

Rural Texas Speaks Out: Tells Lawmakers to Keep Supporting Chapter 313

One of the most valuable tools Texas uses to attract major investments to Texas is currently under assault in the legislature.  Lawmakers in Austin who don’t understand the innovative Chapter 313 program, are working to take this tool away from Texas counties and school districts.  The loss would be felt immediately, especially in rural areas that have […]

Wildfires Raging Across Region – Your Help Needed

Wind Coalition Members and Supporters, Wildfires are raging across our region, in the heart of the Wind Corridor, and our friends and neighbors are in need of your help.  There are many ways to contribute by donating hay, transportation services, or financial resources.  Here are several sites to learn ways you can join the effort to […]

Fact Check: Military Says Wind Farms Strengthen, Not Hinder, National Security

by Tom Vinson (AWEA) Recently, several media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and Forbes.com, have erroneously reported on wind farms impacting military bases.  The reality couldn’t be further from the truth—wind bolsters our national security be creating more of our energy right here at home. Here are the facts. The Department of Defense has […]

The Home Depot Taps Texas Wind Farm for Renewable Energy

(Atlanta, Georgia)  The Home Depot® today announced its first major investment in a wind-powered renewable energy project. The energy purchased from the wind farm is enough to power 100 Home Depot stores for a year while also providing $150,000 in local community benefits.The Los Mirasoles Wind Farm, owned and operated by EDP Renewables North America, […]

Military Readiness and Wind Energy – Texas Can Have Both

The wind swept plains of America’s Wind Corridor are a perfect place to generate electricity using this infinite and powerful energy resource.  With their wide open spaces, they are also an ideal place for military aviation facilities, including airfields.  The military mission is critical to our nation’s defense and always takes precedence but, thanks to collaboration and […]