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Texas Chapter 313 and Schools: Correcting the Myths

The Texas Economic Development Act (more commonly known as Chapter 313) is the state’s single most important economic development program. Chapter 313 allows school districts to offer a temporary, 10-year limitation on a portion of the taxable value of eligible new investment projects. The limit only applies to school maintenance and operations (M&O) taxes—there is […]

Understanding Texas Chapter 313

One of the most valuable tools Texas uses to attract major investments to Texas is the Texas Economic Development Act (more commonly known as Chapter 313) program, the state’s single most important economic development program.  This provision in law gives communities and school districts the ability to attract major capital investments to grow their economies. Chapter […]

Infinity Renewables and MJMEUC Sign Power Purchase Agreement

(Santa Barbara, California)  Infinity Renewables entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC) to sell wind energy from its Iron Star Wind Project, located in Ford County, Kansas. The wind energy, generated in western Kansas, will be delivered to MJMEUC customers in Missouri via the Grain Belt […]

It’s Official. 2016 ERCOT Wind Energy Use Exceeded 15%.

It is now official, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) 2016 Demand and Energy Report shows that wind-powered generation resources provided 15.1% of the energy used in ERCOT for calendar year ended December 31, 2016. Interestingly, the production from wind-power in 2016 exceeded that produced by all 4 nuclear units in ERCOT by 25%. […]

DOE Say America Now Has More Than 100,000 Wind Jobs

Published by AWEA. (Washington, DC)  Wind power employs just over 100,000 Americans according to new data released today by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), more than work at nuclear, natural gas, coal, or hydroelectric power plants. “Wind means opportunity and job security for over 100,000 Americans,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy […]

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 […]

Wind Coalition Responds to OIPA Nonsense on Eagle Rule

Perhaps someday OIPA will get back to being an advocate for oil and gas, but – for now – they want to focus on wind energy. That’s a shame when wind and natural gas are “highly complementary” and are growing together – increasing markets for both (see EIA data). It’s a shame when they miss […]

General Motors (GM) Makes its Largest Green Energy Purchase to Date

DETROIT — General Motors has made its largest renewable energy procurement to date, purchasing enough wind power to equal the electricity needs of 16 of its U.S. facilities, including business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, a major assembly and stamping complex in Arlington, Texas, and 13 parts warehouses east of the Mississippi River. […]

Natural Gas and Renewables, A Partnership With Which Coal Can’t Compete

By Jeffrey Clark http://eecn.johnshopkins.edu/index.php/2016/11/15/1512/#ixzz4VtCXZCTF In an ugly weekend for Texas football fans, the Longhorns were defeated by the West Virginia Mountaineers.  Sitting in the stadium, I reflected on our just-ended Presidential election in which energy issues – particularly the promise of a coal renaissance – played a major role.  I was struck by the bigger […]

Omaha World-Herald Showcases Positive Impact of Wind Income on Agriculture Producers

Omaha World-Herald writer Cole Epley picked up on an important trend in energy and agriculture: rural families looking to revenue from wind power to keep them on the farm.  This has proven true during recent droughts, during low commodity prices, and during difficult market conditions.  His story can be found in its entirety here:  “Turning […]

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