Amarillo Globe News – Editorial – Don’t blow off wind potential – Potter County airing out proposal

March 29th, 2005  |  Published in Articles

Potter County Commissioner Lacy Borger remarked Monday that he likes to play golf, and has often wondered how to somehow use the Panhandle wind as an advantage rather than a handicap.

Potter County commissioners took a promising first step in that direction Monday, unanimously approving a resolution in support of a wind farm, a unique project that takes advantage of one of the Panhandle’s greatest natural resources – wind.

Commissioners approved a resolution indicating the county’s interest in granting a tax abatement and corresponding guidelines for the Wildorado Wind Ranch™, to be operated by Austin-based Cielo Wind Power.

For a 10-year tax abatement, the county will receive $1,000 annually for each megawatt of capacity the wind farm generates, in addition to an agreement for the farm to use “commercially reasonable” efforts to hire locally and do business with local vendors. The farm will pay all applicable taxes to the Bushland Independent School District.

The county has an opportunity to get in on what is becoming a growing energy alternative.

Commissioners want to review a similar agreement the wind farm has with Oldham County, where 75-80 percent of the farm will operate.

Commissioners seem receptive to the idea, and are scheduled to next address the issue during a public hearing April 11.

The project has plenty of potential, both in economic and environmental terms, and will turn the mighty Panhandle wind – a golfer’s worst enemy – into a friend.

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