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Wind Power Project Continues

A project that will move power from wind farms to central Texas is moving forward.  The project will help to alleviate the strain on power within the state.  Bowie's city council approved an easement this week on city owned property.  The City Manager says this will allow ONCOR to run power lines through the city as a part of the project, taking them one step closer to bringing wind power to central Texas.

"What ONCOR is doing is building transmission lines from west Texas to the central part of Texas," says Mike Nieto, West Region Manager of Customer Operations of ONCOR.

These transmission lines will move power from five energy zones from Amarillo to McCamey, giving the state the ability to use another source of power.

"Well its a renewable energy.  In Texas there is plenty of wind," says Nieto.

Making the move a smart way to increase power sources and also alleviate the current strain energy in the state.  

"We're increasing the ability to move electricity which is renewable energy whether its wind, solar, hydro or whatever, it'll come across the new electric lines into central Texas," explains Nieto.

Texoma has already started to see construction on the project in Bowman and Holiday and several more cities will also be a part of the project.

Nieto says, "Close to Electra, Burkburnett, Henrietta and then goes towards Krum, Texas."

Now Bowie is one of the most recent cities to get on board.  The city council recently approved a piece of city owned land to be used by ONCOR on the project, bringing the wind farm project closer to completion.

"The right of way agents are working with that city as they did with Wichita Falls and Burkburnett to acquire easements so that we can run the lines through that city," Nieto says.

ONCOR says the project will be completed by April 2013.  The project will stretch over 160 miles of land. 

Taelor Rian, Newschannel 6. 

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