Wind Farm Project Has Yet to be Approved - KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Wind Farm Project Has Yet to be Approved

Archer County residents have been waiting years to find out whether or not the county will follow through with a proposed wind farm.

Tuesday, Archer County Commissioners met to vote on it, but instead they tabled the item to be discussed next Monday.

Currently they are in talks with BP Energy about the tax abatement.  BP wants a 100 percent abatement which means they don't want to pay any taxes, and in return, every year they would pay the county money.  Still commissioners aren't sure if it's worth it.

In 2007 BP approached commissioners about creating a wind farm that would expand through Archer and Young Counties.  It would create a 125 megawatt farm that would account for 83 total turbines, but things didn't go the way BP had planned.

"All of a sudden it took a sudden turn, the cost of natural gas went down and therefore
the cost of producing electricity went down so BP stepped away from the project," said Archer County Judge Gary Beesinger.

And now they want back in, producing electricity is much higher today, therefore it's beneficial for BP to create turbines, and not only that, but government tax credits make it more affordable.

"Originally in the first go around we had agreed to a payment in lieu of taxes.  They
were going to make an annual payment to Archer County and that total would have been $2 million for the 10 year period of time," said Beesinger.

Three years later BP has reduced that income to about a million, it's still a lot of money, but it's money that will benefit the county and residents, especially those like Chuck Calvin who are leasing land to the company.

"I think it's probably a good way to bring in revenue for myself, or my neighbor, or
the county," said Calvin.

Judge Beesinger says it's a great way to keep county taxes down, but for now it's still a project that has yet to take turn.

BP is leasing land from 40 landowners in Archer and Young Counties and by the end of the month officials want to know whether or not they will enter into an agreement.

BP is also in the process of pursuing additional land.  It's possible they would put in place 100 turbines instead of their calculated 83.

Crystal Hall News Channel 6.

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • South Carolina headed to Final Four, beats Florida 77-70

    South Carolina headed to Final Four, beats Florida 77-70

    Sunday, March 26 2017 9:52 PM EDT2017-03-27 01:52:15 GMT
    Sunday, March 26 2017 9:52 PM EDT2017-03-27 01:52:15 GMT

    Sindarius Thornwell scored 26 points and South Carolina earned its first trip to the Final Four with a 77-70 victory over Florida on Sunday.

    Sindarius Thornwell scored 26 points and South Carolina earned its first trip to the Final Four with a 77-70 victory over Florida on Sunday.

  • Maye hits late jumper to lift North Carolina to Final Four

    Maye hits late jumper to lift North Carolina to Final Four

    Sunday, March 26 2017 9:52 PM EDT2017-03-27 01:52:13 GMT
    Sunday, March 26 2017 9:52 PM EDT2017-03-27 01:52:13 GMT

    Luke Maye hit a jumper with 0.3 seconds left, and top-seeded North Carolina held off Kentucky 75-73 to earn the Tar Heels' second straight trip to the Final Four and 20th all-time in Sunday's showdown of college...

    Luke Maye hit a jumper with 0.3 seconds left, and top-seeded North Carolina held off Kentucky 75-73 to earn the Tar Heels' second straight trip to the Final Four and 20th all-time in Sunday's showdown of college basketball's elite in the South Regional.

  • Blaming conservatives, Trump signals new openness to Dems

    Blaming conservatives, Trump signals new openness to Dems

    Sunday, March 26 2017 8:52 PM EDT2017-03-27 00:52:08 GMT
    Sunday, March 26 2017 8:52 PM EDT2017-03-27 00:52:08 GMT

    President Donald Trump is attacking conservative lawmakers after the failure of the Republican bill to replace "Obamacare.".

    President Donald Trump is attacking conservative lawmakers after the failure of the Republican bill to replace "Obamacare.".

Powered by Frankly