A New Braunfels senator who chairs the state's Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations said she's considering intervening in wind energy developments near military installations.
Republican Sen. Donna Campbell heard testimony last month from individuals concerned about the encroachment of wind projects on land near Department of Defense bases. Among those who testified were Tom Whaylen of the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee and Wichita Falls Mayor Glenn Barham.
"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," Campbell wrote in an email to the Times Record News. "It is my priority as chairman to ensure our military installations remain mission capable, both for our nation's security and the huge economic impact they bring to communities across our state."
Clay County, already home to one wind turbine development, may be adding two more before 2020, the projects' developer previously has said. A local opposition group fighting additional developments recently was joined by Sheppard Air Force Base, whose officials have said wind turbines could adversely affect the base's mission.