Wind and Water, To Change or Not To Change, Coastal Issues Open 2020

Port Aransas sues Port of Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi Caller, Jan. 4, 2020

The suit continues debate over industrial plans for Harbor Island.

The aim is for the presiding judge to declare valid a 30-year lease with the Corpus Christi Port Authority, which wants to terminate the lease to erect a marine terminal on a 200 acre site it owns on Harbor Island within the Port Aransas City Limits.

Calvin Robinson, d. January 1, 2020, for obituary please click on The Victoria Advocate

 


Sinton, Steel Dynamics announce $6.3 million project agreement

The Advantage-Guard Press

SINTON – The Sinton City Council members had their hands full on Tuesday evening as they voted on a several-step process that will eventually lead to great things coming to the city.

The first step was to vote on an ordinance to include the entire 2,400-acre tract of land owned by Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI) into the Sinton’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

The next step was adopting an ordinance establishing that portion of land as the industrial district which then allows Sinton to turn around and negotiate industrial district agreements to provide certain services.

“There’s several things that are happening,” Sinton City Manager John Hobson said. “Some are some are good for the cities and some are good for SDI."

 

Interest in solar grows as federal tax credit for wind is extended

By Kalli Venable -  The Victoria Advocate

Papalote Creek Wind Farm extends for miles between Taft and Odem.

Papalote Creek Wind Farm

There, about 200 turbines stretch almost 300 feet into the sky and produce enough clean energy to power more than 100,000 homes. The turbines are among thousands that have been installed across the country in the past few decades, particularly in Texas – the nation’s largest wind power producer.

More than 27 gigawatts of wind capacity are online in the state, which has provided more than $46 billion in capital investment and built 46 wind equipment manufacturing facilities, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

A primary federal tax incentive that helped the wind energy industry rapidly grow was set to expire Dec. 31, but was extended through 2020 in a late change to the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, which President Donald Trump signed into law Dec. 20.

Tom Kiernan, president of the American Wind Energy Association, said the move was a win for American consumers.

“It means more business for over 500 U.S. factories building wind turbine components, and it means more opportunities for job creation and economic development in the rural communities hosting wind farms,” he said in a statement. “We appreciate that Congress has recognized wind and other renewable's role in building a strong economy while also reducing carbon emissions."

Annual wind power capacity additions are expected to continue to grow nationwide for a few years before declining because of decreasing tax support, expectations for low natural gas prices and modest electricity demand growth, according to the Department of Energy’s 2018 Wind Technologies Market Report.

 

The Science and Spanish Clubs Network Inc. hosted its 11th annual Early Bird New Year and an 82nd birthday at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Eighteen Corpus Christi students from Grant Middle School’s Environmental Science Club rang in the new year with games, food and hiking at the refuge.

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How Democrat Beto O'Rourke and Republican Will Hurd can save democracy

In 2017, Democrat Beto O'Rourke and Republican Will Hurd showed Americans something we had forgotten how to do — disagree agreeably. They did it with their famous Facebook Live-documented bipartisan car ride from Texas to Washington. In 2018, Allegheny College recognized them for that neighborly 1,600 road trip with the Prize for Civility in Public Life.

They closed out 2019 demonstrating once again how similar they are in their political cross purposes. Both of them launched political action committees with the common goal of boosting their parties.

Page 2 - More Sports

Rankings below are made by THBCA (Texas High School Basketball Coaches Association), published on December 30, 2019.

Refugio and Woodsboro compete in 2A District 30 (Girls and Boys), which includes:  Port Aransas, Three Rivers, Falls City, Kenedy, Woodsboro, Pettus and Refugio

2A Boys Top 10

  1. Martin's Mill (21-0)
  2. Shelbyville
  3. Grapeland
  4. Hearne
  5. Tenaha
  6. Muenster
  7. Gruver
  8. Clarksville
  9. Thorndale
  10. Floydada

South Texas teams:  #20 Port Aransas, #25 Flatonia

2A Girls Top 10

  1. Martins Mill (22-0)
  2. Vega
  3. Woden
  4. Gruver
  5. Panhandle
  6. Mason
  7. San Saba
  8. Wellington
  9. Grapeland
  10. Muenster

South Texas adds:  #18 Santo, #22 Falls City

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