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Benefits from Proposed Energy Projects
Upfront Investment (total of all projects)
Total Economic Output (in PDV)      $191,700,000,000
Employment Earnings (in PDV)            $61,800,000,000
Average Annual Jobs                               311,100

First Year of Operations (total of all projects)
Total Economic Output (in PDV)          $29,800,000,000
Employment Earnings (in PDV)            $7,700,000,000
Average Jobs Created in Year 1           168,600

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Penascal Wind Farm, TX

STATUS: Complete TYPE: Wind OPPOSITION: Coastal Habitat Alliance; King Ranch PROSPECTS: Complete BACKGROUND:  The $440 million Penascal Wind Farm is located in Kenedy County, Texas.  The project consists of 84 turbines.  The developer of the project is Iberdrola Renewables.  These … Continue reading

Wilbarger County, TX Wind Power Project

STATUS: Killed TYPE: Wind OPPOSITION: Local residents (Archer, Hardeman, Jack, Wichita, and Wilbarger Counties) PROSPECTS: Dead BACKGROUND: Florida Power & Light Company, a subsidiary of  FPL Group, pulled the plug on a 35,000-acre Wilbarger County wind power project in September … Continue reading

Gemini Solar Development, Austin, Texas

STATUS: Delayed TYPE: Solar OPPOSITION: Local businesses leaders PROSPECTS: Indeterminate BACKGROUND:  In March 2009, the City of Austin, Texas gave preliminary approval for Gemini’s proposed 30-megawatt solar plant that would be located near Austin.  The 300 acres of photovoltaic solar panels … Continue reading

Pampa, Texas Wind Farm, T. Boone Pickens, Mesa Power, LP

STATUS: Killed   TYPE: Wind   OPPOSITION: Landowners   PROSPECTS: Canceled   BACKGROUND: In 2008, Mesa Power’s large scale wind energy project in the Texas panhandle faced delays in obtaining rights of way for water pipeline and electricity transmission line.  T. … Continue reading

Padre Island Offshore Wind Farm, TX

STATUS: Canceled TYPE:  Wind OPPOSITION: Environmental and tourism groups (non specified in source materials); Lower Laguna Madre Foundation PROSPECTS: Canceled BACKGROUND: On May 11, 2006, Texas officials announced plans for the nation's largest offshore wind farm, consisting of as many … Continue reading

Coleto Creek Expansion, Goliad County, TX

STATUS: In progress, with opposition TYPE: Coal OPPOSITION: Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund PROSPECTS: Indeterminate BACKGROUND: The developer proposed a 650 megawatt, $1.4 billion coal plant for Goliad County, Texas, in February 2008.  A draft air emissions permit was issued by … Continue reading

Las Brisas Energy Center, Corpus Christi, TX

STATUS: In progress with opposition TYPE: Coal OPPOSITION: Sierra Club, Public Citizen, local citizens PROSPECTS: Indeterminate BACKGROUND:  In 2008 the developer submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental  Quality (TCEQ) an application to construct a 1,320 megawatt coal plant in … Continue reading

Limestone III, Limestone County, TX

STATUS: In progress with opposition TYPE: Coal OPPOSITION: Sierra Club PROSPECTS: Likely BACKGROUND: In June 2006 the developer proposed a 744 megawatt expansion of its existing Limestone facility at a cost of over $1 billion.  A draft air permit was issued … Continue reading

Sandy Creek Plant, Riesel, TX

STATUS: In progress, with opposition TYPE: Coal OPPOSITION: Sierra Club PROSPECTS: Indeterminate BACKGROUND: The developer proposed a 900 megawatt coal plant in Riesel, Texas.  In July 2007, it received a final air permit for the project from the Texas Commission … Continue reading

TXU Valley 4, TX

STATUS: Canceled TYPE:  Coal OPPOSITION: Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resource Defense Council PROSPECTS: Unlikely BACKGROUND:  In April 2006, the developer announced it intended to construct a fourth 800 megawatt coal unit at its facility in Fannin County, Texas.  … Continue reading