The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved the Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan that Texas and four other states have worked on for years to protect the lesser prairie chicken, a rare bird whose future has been threatened by economic development — especially oil and gas drilling — in West Texas and the [...]
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This week in the Texas Panhandle, workers will break ground on the largest federally owned wind farm in the country, geared to reduce dollars spent on energy by the millions at nearby Pantex, the nation’s only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. On secluded land about 17 miles northeast of Amarillo, workers are responding to [...]
West Texas is always searching for new water sources to keep up with the population growth and the Colorado River Municipal Water District is doing it's part to ensure there is water for the masses. Recently, the District issued a request for proposals for the acquisition of additional water supplies. "What we're looking for now [...]
Invenergy Wind LLC today announced the successful closing of construction financing for its Goldthwaite Wind Project (“Goldthwaite Wind”), which currently is in construction in Mills County, Texas. Morgan Stanley acted as the Lead Arranger, Administrative Agent, and Issuing Bank for the construction loan. The project site is located just southeast of the town of Goldthwaite, [...]
Water districts located in North Texas are awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could be announced on June 11, 2013. At issue is whether the Tarrant Regional Water District based in Fort Worth can cross the Oklahoma border to pump water available to Texas under the Red River Compact. The Compact says that when [...]
U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Angus King, I-Maine, yesterday introduced the Storage Technology for Renewable and Green Energy Act of 2013 (STORAGE) to encourage the development of renewable energy as a source of electricity and lower consumer costs through the deployment of energy storage technologies. Renewable energy sources [...]
Rep. Charlie Geren’s complex and controversial water bill, HB 1307 was heard yesterday at the House Natural Resources Committee meeting at the Texas Capitol. The bill would transfer water regulation duties from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to the Public Utility Commission (PUC). The switch would affect how rate increases are handled, among [...]
ALEC-Sponsored Bill To Repeal North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Standard Narrowly Passes Out Of CommitteeLisa Chavarria 2016-11-23T15:01:53+00:00
North Carolina is among the growing list of states in which organizations like the Heartland Institute and the American Legislative Council, or ALEC, and Koch-backed Grover Norquist have been lobbying against renewable energy policy, and pushing “model legislation” to undo these standards. House Bill 298, called the “Affordable and Reliable Energy Act,” was introduced by [...]
On Tuesday April 2, 2013, the Senate Natural Resources Committee discussed whether to tighten rules governing water wells used to supply hydraulic fracturing operations. The discussion centered on Senate Bill 873, carried by state Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, which would allow local groundwater authorities to require oil and gas companies using water for fracking to [...]
On February 9th at 7:08 p.m. Texas set a new record for the highest percentage of electricity generated by wind power — 28 percent of total supply across the state’s main grid system came from wind — with wind generation providing 9,481 megawatts of power, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said Friday March 1, [...]