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What’s new in renewables

Energy from wind, the sun, or as Dubya recommended in his State of the Union address, switchgrass: Such is a life without fossil fuels. Russell Smith, executive director of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association will speak at a meeting of the Sierra Club March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway. A 1999 state law requires Texas utilities to create 2,000 megawatts of new renewable energy by 2009; City Public Service alone has created 285 megawatts of energy at its two Texas wind farms.

Tower erection out of Viagra

On March 8, State Judge David Berchelmann issued a temporary restraining order against City Public Service to stop construction of electrical-transmission towers on Proposition 3 land along Highway 211 in northwest Bexar County. Berchelmann will consider if San Antonio City Council violated its own charter in allowing the towers to be built on protected park land. Area residents have fought the Cagnon-to-Kendall transmission line for more than a year, contending its construction would violate the public trust. The land was purchased with sales-tax revenues, which was approved in a 2000 public referendum. It is uncertain when Berchelmann will issue his decision.

Here’s a hot seat

George Antuna and Steve Salyer will duke it out in a Republican runoff election for the State House of Representa-tives, District 118. Antuna won 49 percent of the vote; Salyer had 28 percent in the March 7 primary. The winner faces Democrat Joe Farias in November. The house seat was vacated by Carlos Uresti, who beat incumbent Frank Madla for the District 19 State Senate seat. Early voting for the primary runoff begins April 3; Election Day is April 7.

I’ll take women’s history for 200, Alex

Kristina Ruiz-Healy of Texas Public Radio will speak as part of Women’s History Month at the Palo Alto College Student Center, 1400 W. Villaret, March 21, at 11:25 a.m. Ruiz-Healy was born and raised in Mexico City. She and her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1985 during Mexico’s economic crisis.

Lisa Sorg

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