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Avoiding pitfalls of wind power

Some area farmers hope new contacts they've taken home tonight will send future wind profits soaring.  But the fledgling industry comes with some caveats. We're told almost anyone with available acres could capture wind energy profits in the panhandle, yet some caution... make sure you know who wants to do the propelling in your backyard.  There's no question what's driving wind farm interest in the panhandle.  "Mainly the money," says farmer Scott Buckles. "Oh we'd just like to have all of 'em in Deaf Smith county that we can get," admits Deaf Smith county commissioner Pat Smith.  State representative David Swinford insists wind power is "the single biggest possible economic development in the history of the panhandle."  But some worry big money could attract big con artists.  And that's one reason area wind experts tried to educate landowners today about the venture sweeping through the panhandle.  "The purpose of being here is to find out if we can possibly make this work and make a little extra income," says Buckles.  He recommends hiring help to navegate sometimes turbulent territory.   If an energy company approaches you about installing turbines on your land, you'll want to know they're legitimate.  "Make sure you have your legal representation and you get some good sound advice from people who have been in the business and who have done this before," he adds.  Buckles tells us he's now talking to companies about building turbines on his 4,000 acres.   Although he admits he and many others are years away from harnessing wind power, Buckles emphasizes the reward is worth the wait.  If you want to know more about wind energy projects that could be changing the scenery in your area, or find out how to get involved with the industry, you can contact your county leaders or local economic development corporation.  You can also click on a link below for more information.

http://www.eia.doe.gov/

www.puc.state.tx.us/

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