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WTMPA moves to secure wind power for South Plains cities

From City of Lubbock:

The four member cities of the West Texas Municipal Power Agency (WTMPA) have signed an agreement to buy 100 megawatts of wind energy beginning in 2019.  The agreement with Elk City II Wind, LLC now must be approved by the Southwest Power Pool.  If approved, the agreement would provide WTMPA's member cities, Brownfield, Floydada, Lubbock, and Tulia, with a source of clean, renewable energy. 

"This agreement takes the first steps toward securing power for our member cities once our contract with Xcel expires in 2019," said WTMPA Board Chairman Gary Brown of Floydada.

The agreement calls for buying the wind energy at a fixed cost for 13 years, and while it will not supply all the power the WTMPA cities require, it will provide a significant starting point.

"Over 10% of our energy needs will come from clean, renewable wind energy if this agreement is approved," stated Lubbock's Mayor and WTMPA representative Glen Robertson.  "Additionally, we'll save money because the price we'll pay for this electricity is less than what we pay today."

Elk City II is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, the largest wind power generator in North America.  

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