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Austin may take wind power ventures into its own hands

January 15th, 2009

By John DeFore

The city of Austin is no stranger to renewable energy. But it may be on the verge of upping the ante in terms of the power it gets from wind, eliminating some middlemen to keep its future energy as green as possible.

Last month the City Council approved a plan to lease about 17,500 acres of West Texas land that is perfectly situated for a wind farm. Under the 30-year lease, Austin Energy will pay a base annual amount of up to $150,000 for the option to erect wind turbines, with further money due based on (among other things) the size and eventual cost of any wind farm built there.

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Nation’s electric grid needs an extreme makeover

November 18th, 2008

By John DeFore

For everyone puzzled at recent energy-independence speeches that seem to focus as much on building new electric lines as on solar research or wind power, a new report helps make one inconvenient truth clear: Without new infrastructure, switching to non-carbon power could make our electric system far less reliable than it is today.

The report was compiled by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, a self-regulatory organization focused in part on ensuring that power transmission stays blackout-free from coast to coast.

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