GATESVILLE – A Spanish based energy company is eyeing Coryell County for a possible wind farm.
Gamesa, with U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia has been developing wind power in the United States for years, now the company says they are looking for potential spots to increase their renewable energy power.
Coryell County is one site the company is researching, but is there enough wind power to make Central Texas a reliable energy source?
County Judge John Firth said Monday he knew nothing of the proposal until this past weekend.
“It would be very interesting to see locally how this pans out,” Firth said.
But it’s hard to go anywhere in the United States where giant turbines don’t spin up controversy.
There are some local residents who stand behind the idea;
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Keith Sears.
Judge Firth added, there are a lot of residents who would oppose the plan.
“There would be land owners who feel this is an infringement on the beauty of the open Texas sky,” said Firth.
But whatever the company decides, county officials would like a say in the matter.
“It’s best to do things in the open with everybody understanding what the objectives and the limitations are. So we don’t do anything that is going to have a backlash from the publics stand point,” Firth said.
By Eric Gemmell
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