West Texas Municipal Power Agency Agrees to Purchase Wind Power in 2019
An area organization has agreed to purchase wind energy in the future.
The four member cities of the West Texas Municipal Power Agency signed the agreement to buy 100 megawatts of wind energy beginning in 2019.
The energy will be purchased from Elk City II Wind, LLC, following approval by the Southwest Power Pool.
If the purchase is approved, the agreement would provide WTMPA’s member cities with the renewable energy.
WTMPA member cities are Lubbock, Brownfield, Floydada, and Tulia.
The wind energy would be purchased at a fixed cost for 13 years.
“Over 10 percent of our energy needs will come from clean, renewable wind energy if this agreement is approved,” said Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson, a WTMPA representative.
“Additionally, we’ll save money because the price we’ll pay for this electricity is less than what we pay today,” Robertson continued.
According to WTMPA Board Chairman Gary Brown of Floydada, the group’s Xcel Energy contract expires in 2019, and though it will not supply all the power needed by the member cities, it will provide a starting point.