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Brief -- Denton, TX

As had been expected, Denton, TX, City Council Tuesday voted to proceed with the Renewable Denton Plan, which would see the city, which sits atop the Barnett Shale, issue bonds to pay for a $265 million natural gas-fired power plant to augment its power portfolio as it shifts to greater reliance on renewable energy (see Daily GPIJune 20). Denton Mayor Chris Watts and two council members voted against the plan while four council members voted for it. Public comment prior to the vote from those opposed largely centered around concern about air pollution from the gas-fired plant. One speaker opposed to the plan said the city should more carefully explore compressed air energy storage to back up intermittent renewable energy supplies. One speaker in favor of the plan cited the increased use of renewable energy that it would allow as well as an expected reduction in power costs for consumers.

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