Chinese Texas Wind Farm Project Poses National Security Threat, Experts Say

By Emel Akan
December 30, 2020 Updated: December 30, 2020

WASHINGTON—A proposed wind farm project in West Texas has become a potential national security issue due to its Chinese owner who has ties to the communist regime in Beijing and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), experts say.

A Chinese-owned company called GH America Investment Group since 2015 has bought 130,000 acres of land—an area the size of Tulsa, Oklahoma—in Val Verde County, Texas. The man behind the investment firm is Sun Guangxin, a businessman from Xinjiang, China, who is described as a “carpetbagger” by Chinese media with strong ties to the communist regime, The Epoch Times previously has reported.

Sun, a former PLA officer, is currently the richest person in the western Xinjiang region, with a net worth of $1.9 billion, according to Forbes. He was also the vice chairman of the Xinjiang Provincial Youth Federation.

Sun’s investment company acquired the land to build wind farms, with a proposal to install 50 to 130 wind turbines.

A CFIUS panel chaired by the Treasury Department reviewed the acquisition and found that the wind farm didn’t pose a national security threat. However, an expert familiar with the project in Texas told The Epoch Times that there are a number of potential national security concerns about the Chinese control over the land.

“Allowing an adversary to connect to our power grid enables the attacker to perform a false data injection attack—where the attacker spoofs the system’s monitoring tools to falsely think activity is happening on the grid,” he wrote.

On May 1, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to address such “malicious” cyberattacks on the U.S. bulk-power system.

He highlighted risks, stating that “a successful attack on our bulk-power system would present significant risks to our economy, human health and safety, and would render the United States less capable of acting in defense of itself and its allies.”

About 95 percent of land in Texas is privately owned; private ownership combined with loose regulations in the state makes property purchases easier for foreign buyers.

In Texas, there’s also a high bar for authorities to interfere with the development of wind farms due to a bill on electric utility restructuring signed into law in 1999 by then-Gov. George W. Bush, which mandates the development of renewable electric power generation.

The planned wind farm is situated within 30 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, and also is in close proximity to Laughlin Air Force Base, the Air Force’s largest pilot training facility, which could pose several issues, according to national security experts. These issues include cybersecurity threats against flight training, collecting intelligence on flight patterns and pilots, as well as electronic surveillance of the Mexican border.

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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