Mayor Wants to Explore Alternative Energy Methods

Mayor Glen Robertson is proposing a new "Power Plan Committee" to examine alternative energy methods to power the city for the next 100 years.

by Victoria Price

LUBBOCK, TX -- Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson says it's time to look at the future of Lubbock's energy in a new light.

"We know the wind blows in Lubbock, yet we've never looked at the potential of building our own wind farm," he says. 

So he's proposing to form a new city body called the "Power Plan Committee." The group would consist of the City Manager, representatives from Lubbock Power and Light, and other city departments. It'd be their job to examine new ways to power the city for the years to come.

"We need a very solid 100 year electric plan and we don't have that," according to Robertson. "We're not getting it from LP&L, so I think it's t imperative that we do it as a city. We've had two failed attempts to find a power source by LP&L and the LP&L Power Board. I think it's time to redraw and come at it from a different angle."

Right now, there's no set plan for when Xcel Energy ends their contract with LP&L, and stops selling them wholesale power in 2019. So the Mayor wants to look into alternative sources, like wind, solar and biomass power...all of which, he says LP&L has failed to do.

"I think there will be a lot of negative reaction, and there doesn't need to be, because this is simply trying to pull people together," he says. "I'll tell you right now, the CEO of LP&L will be against this. He is very singular-minded with what he wants."

The Mayor says he'll officially present his proposal to the City Council will they meet next Thursday.

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