EPA Gives ‘Greenhouse Gas' Blessing to Golden Spread Project

Published 06/08 2014 02:29PM

Updated 06/08 2014 02:33PM

Golden Spreads current 168mw
Golden Spreads current 168mw "gen-sets", image from gsec.coop
LUBBOCK, TX -- The Golden Spread Electric Cooperative’s Antelope Elk Energy Center near Abernathy was approved last week for a greenhouse gas permit. Federal regulators approved a 202 megawatt generator in addition to Golden Spread’s current 168 megawatt generation.

South Plains Electric Cooperative is the “largest of the 16 member-owners of Golden Spread.” The idea is to use wind energy, but traditional generators are used for those times when the wind is not blowing.

In a letter to Golden Spread last week, the Environmental Protection Agency said, “During the public comment period no public comments were received for this proposed action.”

“This … permit becomes effective immediately upon issuance,” the EPA said.

The project is worth more than $100 million. The power will be used by SPEC’s territory including a significant portion of Southwest Lubbock.

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