County wants to see progress from PRE
Jasper County first advertised for bids to develop a wind power project in July of 2002. The county received two bids, one from Pecos Renewable Energy (PRE) and one from RES North America.
After review and recommendation by the county's attorneys Mark Morgan and Thane Adkins, the court unanimously voted on Oct. 23, 2002, to accept PRE's bid.
Five years ago wind energy was a relatively new enterprise to Texans, but in 2006 Texas surpassed California to become the nation's leader in wind capacity. ...If PRE can prove they have met the milestones of the contract, they may co-develop a wind farm with their named collaborator, Suzlon Wind Energy, the fifth-leading wind turbine supplier in the world. Or they can flip their lease and sell to another energy company, in which case Jasper County would receive royalties as development occurs.
But unless the contract is terminated and Jasper has an opportunity to seek a new energy partner, PRE has the county's hands tied for the next 25 years (with automatic renewal for 10 more years) with no contractual obligation to produce anything.
January 1, 2008
by Sharon Kerr
in Jasper Newsboy
Jasper County Commissioners' Court met in special session Thursday, Dec. 27, for some yearend business that included an executive session on the Pecos County wind farm project.
The court held a telephone conference with attorney Brad Miller in Midland to review the options on the contract with Pecos Renewable Energy (PRE) to develop a wind farm on Jasper school lands.
Jasper County is one of the few in Texas who still owns their school lands. In 1839 President Mirabeau Lamar deeded three leagues of land in unpopulated West Texas to each county to develop or sell for funds to improve... [continue via Web link]