- Mission Support/Community Partnerships
- April 12, 2017
A developer considering building wind farms outside Sheppard AFB in north central Texas has opted to abandon the projects following an effort by the base and the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee (SMAC) to alert Innergex about the threat turbines pose to low-level military training routes used by pilots, reported the Times Record News. “These projectsREAD MORE
Wind farm developers in Texas would be required to notify the Defense Department of their plans before connecting to the state’s electricity grid, under a legislative proposal the operator of the state grid wants lawmakers to consider. An official with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) proposed the rule change to the Texas House Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee during a hearing last week in Wichita Falls. Sheppard Air Force Base leaders have said two wind farm projects in north central Texas could threaten the installation’s pilot training mission by interfering with the base’s radar systems and limiting the number of days pilots could train. Warren Lasher, ERCOT’s director of planning, wants to see “increased coordination and communication” between DOD and wind energy developers to resolve the dispute over the projects near Sheppard and other similar conflicts …READ MORE
The North Carolina Senate on Monday approved legislation banning wind energy projects across central and eastern portions of the state used for military training flights in an effort to protect missions at several installations. “I can tell you right now that a community, as far as the military is concerned, that is reactive is going to lose their military presence,” said state Sen. Norm Sanderson (R), whose district includes Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. “You cannot take a third of your largest economic driver in the state and throw it under the bus …READ MORE
A Texas lawmaker is considering measures to protect military installations from conflicts caused by wind farms, such as a requirement for early notification.
“If military installations are able to meet and advise industry early on about how development affects their mission, it will help facilitate decisions that are in the best interest of everyone,” state Sen. Donna Campbell (R) told the Times Record News. Campbell, chair of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, said her concern was triggered by an increase in renewable energy development. “There are more instances of wind farms near bases due to growth in the highly subsidized renewable energy sector and they present a unique and growing challenge to our military installations …
Navy officials in South Texas are concerned about the proliferation of wind farms across the region as they don’t yet have a clear understanding of how a multitude of projects will affect military flight operations. “I do feel like one day we’re going to wake up surrounded by wind farms in South Texas significantly impacting the mission in a negative way,” Capt. Christopher Misner, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Kingsville, told the Texas Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations on Thursday. DOD has the capability to assess the impact of individual projects and, in most cases, mitigate any potential conflicts. In fact, the Navy has reached an agreement with the developer of a wind farm close to NAS Kingsville that calls for both parties to work together to minimize any adverse impacts …READ MORE