Jan. 11 — Military concerns about siting renewable generation projects near aviation bases have gained traction in Texas, prompting a recent change to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) interconnection study process and proposed state legislation that would jeopardize property tax abatement eligibility for Texas wind projects within 30 miles of military aviation facilities. According to the Department of Defense (DOD), siting concerns generally relate to the potential for a project to interfere with radar communication, airspace and training operations.
Is a policy analyst for TCAP, a coalition of cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because high energy costs can impact municipal budgets and the ability to fund essential services, TCAP, as part of its mission, actively promotes affordable energy policies. High energy prices also place a burden on local businesses and home consumers.