In a memo to city leaders this week, George Morrow, the general manager of Denton Municipal Electric, said the city expects to take delivery of electricity from a new wind farm about nine months ahead of schedule.

Denton contracted with Invenergy in 2016 for electricity to be generated at a new wind farm the company is building near Big Lake in Reagan and Irion counties, about 330 miles southwest of Denton. The contract provided for power delivery at competitive prices to begin no later than January 2019.

"Given the potential for tight power supply margins being projected for ERCOT [the Texas power grid] this summer, the early operation is fortuitous," Morrow wrote.

Output from the wind farm will vary, but could provide as much as 600,000 megawatt-hours of Denton's 1.5 million megawatt-hour load, Morrow said.

- Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

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