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Jun 11, 2014 10:57 AM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Company Behind Wind Farm Project Offers Compromise to City

CORPUS CHRISTI - The battle between the city and a company that wants to build a wind farm near Chapman Ranch, has gotten a little nicer.

That company, Apex Clean Energy, has sent council members a letter that addresses concerns about the project, and offers a compromise.

Apex wants to build 175 wind turbines near Chapman Ranch.

The city has opposed them from the beginning, worried that the project will hurt economic growth as the southside expands.

In the letter, Apex says it might consider scaling back the project, reducing the number of wind turbines that would lie within the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction.

As for the concerns about the economic growth, Apex writes, "No analysis has been performed to support the assertion that a wind energy project on chapman ranch would prevent the growth of corpus christi. Furthermore, no formal study has been done to address exactly where and how quickly corpus christi will be growing".

Council member Mark Scott says study or not study, this is a no-brainer.

"I mean we have already made monumental investments in infrastructure towards to the southside to enable that growth. It doesn't take much to say to yourself oh that's where the growth is goint to happen," he says.

Council member Lillian Riojas added that there is a southside development plan in the works, but it hasn't been carried out yet.

As we've reported, the city plans to annex the land where some of the wind turbines will stand, giving it the ability to tax the development if it goes up.

Scott says Apex's offered compromise might work if the company pushes the wind turbines much further out.

"The last plan we saw is way too close. It shuts down the future development of the southside, which we should all be concerned about," he says.

The next step will likely involve city staff sitting down with Apex representatives to further discuss their compromise offer.

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