Local Government Fights Texas School District’s Wind Plans

A school district in Corpus Christi Texas has plans to install two 100-kilowatt capacity wind turbines on a high school campus.   This will put them at odds with local city government who recently enacted an ordinance putting restrictions on wind turbines within the city.

The wind turbines are seen as both an educational tool and a way to save on energy costs.  Corpus Christi electricity rates are lower than they have been in a number of years; substantially lower than the 22.3 cents per kilowatt hour the wind turbines will ultimately cost.  However, according to the school district’s analysis federal grant money will effectively bring the cost to the district below 5 cents per kilowatt hour.

Local residents are concerned about noise, esthetics, and safety.  There are all common refrains when wind turbines are involved, especially when they are installed near residential areas.

 

Full story: http://www.caller.com/news/2012/feb/26/sinton-wind-turbine-dispute-charts-new-territory/

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Holbert is the editor for the Texas Chamber of Commerce Energy Association newsletter, businessman, expert on Texas electricity and a lifelong Texan.

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