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Q: Does anyone know of any Renewable (Green) Energy being generated within the confines of Brown County Texas and then distributed to the electric grid for Texas consumers ?

Renewable energy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy
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Solar energy 'could bring jobs to Texas'
http://www.wfaa.com/projectgreen/greenarticle...

All Wind Generation and Solar Generation is local, unless it's not ! Will the Brown County NIMBY's speak out against solar energy production in this area as well ?

Roadrunner Windfarm Project
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/brownwood-tx/...

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We're kind of on the cusp of the good wind-producing area. Still, a personal wind turbine would be cost-effective. The problem is that you have to make a substantial investment in something that will only pay for itself in a decade or so.

Most people in Brown County don't have that kind of money to spend, and they're also too close to death to benefit from the financial benefit.

Solar panels haven't yet reached grid parity, although it's just a matter of time, measured in months rather than years. But it doesn't help that the electrical co-ops provide electricity about as cheap as you can get it.

So we're still at the point where it doesn't make economic sense to install PV solar power. But the day is just around the corner. When I own an electric car, and solar panels produce electricity cheaper than the utility companies, my pastures are going to be filled with solar panels and vertical-axis windmills.

Everyone who supports renewable energy should thank God for Barack Obama, because without him, America would be held hostage to the fossil fuel barons who own the Republican party.
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Mar 21, 2009
 
Wind developer will make Roscoe its home
http://www.reporternews.com/news/2009/mar/21/...

Congratulations to Roscoe ! Still NO Wind Turbines in Brown County ?
Steve

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Mar 22, 2009
 
Looking Forward

Dealers looking to make wind industry income easier and faster to get

By Kimberly Gray Special to the Reporter-News
Saturday, March 21, 2009

ROSCOE -- Randy Myers recently moved back to Nolan County from the Fort Worth area after working some 20 years in the information technology business. He became a bit disillusioned with his company when he learned it was outsourcing much of its labor overseas. After serving in the U.S. Navy, this didn't sit well with him.

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2009/mar/21/...
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Mar 22, 2009
 
Will the Brownwood/Brown County area regressives speak out against these too ? Will Brownwood/Brown County get in on the solar and wind generated energy backups ? If the little ole City of Luverne, MN, a progressive minded municipality with a population of over 4,500 residents, can get with it, surely Brown County can step up too !

How enormous batteries could safeguard the power grid
Since sunlight and wind can be unreliable, renewable utilities install big backups.
http://features.csmonitor.com/innovation/2009...

More on Luverne Here:
http://www.cityofluverne.org/
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Hezekiah wrote:
We're kind of on the cusp of the good wind-producing area. Still, a personal wind turbine would be cost-effective. The problem is that you have to make a substantial investment in something that will only pay for itself in a decade or so.
Most people in Brown County don't have that kind of money to spend, and they're also too close to death to benefit from the financial benefit.
Solar panels haven't yet reached grid parity, although it's just a matter of time, measured in months rather than years. But it doesn't help that the electrical co-ops provide electricity about as cheap as you can get it.
So we're still at the point where it doesn't make economic sense to install PV solar power. But the day is just around the corner. When I own an electric car, and solar panels produce electricity cheaper than the utility companies, my pastures are going to be filled with solar panels and vertical-axis windmills.
Everyone who supports renewable energy should thank God for Barack Obama, because without him, America would be held hostage to the fossil fuel barons who own the Republican party.
The fossil fuel barons own the democratic party as well Einstein, if you could look past your own pathetic, amoral, and unethical party, you would see that most of the democrats were on the take from big oil as well. Just remember, historically, the democrats have always been the party of corruption, not the republicans, you seem to want to project all things bad as conservative while turning a blind eye to the massive corruption currently in the democratic party. Open your mind, quit being a spoiled narcissistic child, and see the truth! Corruption knows no party.

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Damn, BillyBob. I can't believe you are admitting that the Republican Party is corrupt and is owned by the oil barons. I am gratified that you are finally starting to learn something from me.
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Mar 23, 2009
 
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Wind developer will make Roscoe its home
http://www.reporternews.com/news/2009/mar/21/...
Congratulations to Roscoe ! Still NO Wind Turbines in Brown County ?
Still NO Wind Turbines producing renewable energy in Regressive Brown County Texas ? And the winds they are a blowin in the Brownwood area !
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Mar 30, 2009
 
Energy Department Maps Efficiency Money
http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/30/...
Steve

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Apr 1, 2009
 
Wow , look how progressive these folks are. Wind Turbines producing clean renewable energy for the Hudson Valley Healthcare System VA Hospital at Castle Point ! Would the Brownwood area Wind Energy NIMBY's be against this taking place at the Brownwood VA Facility ?

Stimulus has cash for VA
$8.22 million pays for renovations

BY MICHAEL WOYTON • POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL • MARCH 31, 2009

FISHKILL - The Hudson Valley Healthcare System Veterans Administration Hospital at Castle Point will receive $8.22 million for upgrades and renovations as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

U.S. Rep. John Hall, D-Dover, said the money will be used for energy efficiency and infrastructure improvements, including installing wind turbine, upgrading medical gas systems in patients' rooms and replacing aging roofs, water main lines and steam traps.

Hall said the nation's soldiers should be able to receive world-class health care in a first-rate medical facility.

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20...

Brown County Wind Turbine NIMBY's
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/brownwood-tx/...
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Apr 3, 2009
 
Steve wrote:
Wind developer will make Roscoe its home
http://www.reporternews.com/news/2009/mar/21/...
Congratulations to Roscoe ! Still NO Wind Turbines in Brown County ?
Still NO Wind Turbines generating clean renewable energy in Brown County Texas ? Too many Brown County NIMBY's and END TIMERS for that to take place ?
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Still NO Wind Turbines producing renewable energy in Regressive Brown County Texas ? And the winds they are a blowin in the Brownwood area !
Dealing in wind
http://www.agweek.com/articles/...
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Still NO Wind Turbines producing renewable energy in Regressive Brown County Texas ? And the winds they are a blowin in the Brownwood area !
Texas leads in wind energy but faces challenges
http://www.star-telegram.com/state_news/story...

Brown County Texas appears to be just a consumer of Renewable Generated Wind Energy and not a generator of Renewable Wind Energy ! And the winds they are a blowin in Brown County !
Steve

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Jun 3, 2009
 
Hezekiah wrote:
We're kind of on the cusp of the good wind-producing area. Still, a personal wind turbine would be cost-effective. The problem is that you have to make a substantial investment in something that will only pay for itself in a decade or so.
Most people in Brown County don't have that kind of money to spend, and they're also too close to death to benefit from the financial benefit.
Solar panels haven't yet reached grid parity, although it's just a matter of time, measured in months rather than years. But it doesn't help that the electrical co-ops provide electricity about as cheap as you can get it.
So we're still at the point where it doesn't make economic sense to install PV solar power. But the day is just around the corner. When I own an electric car, and solar panels produce electricity cheaper than the utility companies, my pastures are going to be filled with solar panels and vertical-axis windmills.
Everyone who supports renewable energy should thank God for Barack Obama, because without him, America would be held hostage to the fossil fuel barons who own the Republican party.
Hez, note the last sentence in my post !

Farmer brought turbines to town

Roscoe man honored with state environmental award

By Kimberly Gray Special to the Reporter-News
Tuesday, June 2, 2009

When Cliff Etheredge began pursuing the wind industry for his community north of Roscoe, he had no idea that the environmental community would one day recognize his efforts.

Etheredge was recently honored at the Texas Environmental Excellence Awards in Austin at the state capitol with an individual award. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality established the awards in 1993 under the directive of the Texas Legislature to honor the state's "most outstanding waste reduction and pollution prevention projects."

A committee selected by the TCEQ and Gov. Rick Perry chose recipients for each award category. Those categories were innovative technology, large business/technical, large business/nontechnical, government, civic/nonprofit, education, agriculture, youth, water conservation and an individual award.

The committee selected Etheredge to receive the individual award this year for his part in bringing the wind industry to Roscoe.

Etheredge was born and raised near Roscoe and worked as a cotton farmer all of his adult life. In recent years, he witnessed his community begin to dry up because of a prolonged drought. He saw farmers struggle, businesses close and people move away. Young people graduated from high school and didn't return.

In 2004, he began educating himself on the wind industry by attending conferences and seminars. "I had always been curious about it since I had seen the wind turbines near Big Spring," he said.

However, he figured wind farms would only work on a mesa, not flat farmland.

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2009/jun/02/...

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Jun 23, 2009
 
Solar Goes Down in Texas Holdup

Texas is famous for having its own way of doing things, for its “rugged” individualism and Lone Star attitude. That sort of bootstraps ambition has resulted in some amazing accomplishments for Texas, including being the backbone of an oil-based economy that helped make the United States the most powerful nation of the 20th Century. In the new millennium, however, times are inevitably changing. In some ways Texas is leading once again, most notably as our national leader in wind power production.

Yet wind is not Texas’ only abundant renewable resource. It is also a very sunny state. Nevertheless, in a move somewhat baffling to state solar advocates, the Texas state legislature recently and roundly refused several solar proposals that could have transformed the Lone Star State into an all-around renewable energy giant. In fact, from the side of solar advocacy, it could hardly be described as anything but a slap in the face.

The rejection was three-fold:

First, a proposed change to Texas’ renewable energy standard that would have incorporated stricter requirements for solar, biomass, and geothermal power failed.

Second, at the last minute of the state’s congressional session, a $500 million appropriation of funding for state solar rebates was left withering in the dust.

Third, a bill to make it more difficult for homeowners’ associations to ban solar panels — a notion widely accepted as archaic and inane — also failed at the last minute.

According to state solar energy advocates, the biggest failure, the one that would have allowed for solar rebates, would have cost Texas homeowners just 20 cents extra per month on their utility bills. Still many state legislators balked at the idea of higher electricity rates.

If there is a silver lining it lies in the only solar legislation that did pass: a Berkeley-esque bill that will allow homeowners to finance their solar systems with help from the local government and then pay it back via property tax increases over 20 years.

This holdup is nothing to shrug off either. The Texas legislature will not meet again for two years. So barring a gubernatorial call for a special session, solar power in Texas will have to wait until at least 2011 for another chance at success. Considering the expected growth of the solar industry in that time, this delay could spell a huge loss for Texas solar fans and many in the state who might otherwise have been employed by coulda-woulda-shoulda solar projects. One Texas-based solar startup is already planning to move on to New Mexico where solar incentives are more inviting.

http://solar.calfinder.com/blog/solar-politic...
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Solar Goes Down in Texas Holdup
Texas is famous for having its own way of doing things, for its “rugged” individualism and Lone Star attitude. That sort of bootstraps ambition has resulted in some amazing accomplishments for Texas, including being the backbone of an oil-based economy that helped make the United States the most powerful nation of the 20th Century. In the new millennium, however, times are inevitably changing. In some ways Texas is leading once again, most notably as our national leader in wind power production.
Yet wind is not Texas’ only abundant renewable resource. It is also a very sunny state. Nevertheless, in a move somewhat baffling to state solar advocates, the Texas state legislature recently and roundly refused several solar proposals that could have transformed the Lone Star State into an all-around renewable energy giant. In fact, from the side of solar advocacy, it could hardly be described as anything but a slap in the face.
The rejection was three-fold:
First, a proposed change to Texas’ renewable energy standard that would have incorporated stricter requirements for solar, biomass, and geothermal power failed.
Second, at the last minute of the state’s congressional session, a $500 million appropriation of funding for state solar rebates was left withering in the dust.
Third, a bill to make it more difficult for homeowners’ associations to ban solar panels — a notion widely accepted as archaic and inane — also failed at the last minute.
According to state solar energy advocates, the biggest failure, the one that would have allowed for solar rebates, would have cost Texas homeowners just 20 cents extra per month on their utility bills. Still many state legislators balked at the idea of higher electricity rates.
If there is a silver lining it lies in the only solar legislation that did pass: a Berkeley-esque bill that will allow homeowners to finance their solar systems with help from the local government and then pay it back via property tax increases over 20 years.
This holdup is nothing to shrug off either. The Texas legislature will not meet again for two years. So barring a gubernatorial call for a special session, solar power in Texas will have to wait until at least 2011 for another chance at success. Considering the expected growth of the solar industry in that time, this delay could spell a huge loss for Texas solar fans and many in the state who might otherwise have been employed by coulda-woulda-shoulda solar projects. One Texas-based solar startup is already planning to move on to New Mexico where solar incentives are more inviting.
http://solar.calfinder.com/blog/solar-politic...
So What? Good thing that our CONSERVATIVE Texas politicians are looking out for us. Solar doesnt pay! The cost of putting solar in versus the return has a very long pay out period, why would our INTELLIGENT and TRUSTED politicians put us in a position to waste more taxpayers money in the middle of a recession? Good for them, perhaps you should do some research on solar instead of copying and pasting GARBAGE FROM LEFT WING BLOG SITES. Everytime you do, you show your complete stupidity and what a blind narrow minded dumbass you are. Good job STEVE, keep up the work of demonstrating how BIZARRE, people like you are.
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So What? Good thing that our CONSERVATIVE Texas politicians are looking out for us. Solar doesnt pay! The cost of putting solar in versus the return has a very long pay out period, why would our INTELLIGENT and TRUSTED politicians put us in a position to waste more taxpayers money in the middle of a recession? Good for them, perhaps you should do some research on solar instead of copying and pasting GARBAGE FROM LEFT WING BLOG SITES. Everytime you do, you show your complete stupidity and what a blind narrow minded dumbass you are. Good job STEVE, keep up the work of demonstrating how BIZARRE, people like you are.
Speaking of "BIZARRE", check out Deerslayers posts over at Brownwood Area Weather
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/brownwood-tx/...
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Speaking of "BIZARRE", check out Deerslayers posts over at Brownwood Area Weather
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/brownwood-tx/...
Nothing bizarre about my weather report, it was a tongue in cheek remake of George Carlins old comedy routine about the weather man. What an absolute MORON, you are. Is this the best that you can do, You cant refute my argument and the truth and validity of it, so you attempt to manufacture something that isnt there, such as this one tongue in cheek post. You are reaching for air, steve, and you are not grabbing any. You are demonstrating how incredibly desperate you are, as well as incredibly mentally deficient in all aspects. Take a break, go turn on your XM and fill your head with some more far left bullshit so that you can feel better about yourself.

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Deerslayer wrote:
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So What? Good thing that our CONSERVATIVE Texas politicians are looking out for us. Solar doesnt pay! The cost of putting solar in versus the return has a very long pay out period, why would our INTELLIGENT and TRUSTED politicians put us in a position to waste more taxpayers money in the middle of a recession? Good for them, perhaps you should do some research on solar instead of copying and pasting GARBAGE FROM LEFT WING BLOG SITES. Everytime you do, you show your complete stupidity and what a blind narrow minded dumbass you are. Good job STEVE, keep up the work of demonstrating how BIZARRE, people like you are.
That's not exactly a "left-wing blog site," BillyBob. It's the website of an association of solar contractors in California.

Solar power has a payback period of about 10 years or less. After the solar panels have paid for themselves, the electricity is essentially free. That's why it requires forward-thinking politicians to make good decisions for our state.

Unfortunately, people like you have the majority power to elect our Texas politicians.

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