City of Arlington considered building/owning NG Power Plant in Mitchell County but is now….

UPDATE 8/6/16 My council person, Charlie Parker responded on the issue…

SAT 1:27PM

The Council chose not to go that route and we have a 9 yr. contract with TXU for a little less than 3.9 cents per KWH
Chat Conversation End

UPDATE…looks like in this example Mitchell county is not friendly to industrial infrastructures that should not be exposed to these elements…


—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <>
To: Robert Shepard <>; Charlie Parker <>; Robert Rivera <>; Lana Wolff <>; Trey Yelverton <>; Jim Parajon <>; Michael Glaspie <>; Kathryn Wilemon <>; Sheri Capehart <>; Jeff Williams <>; Victoria Myers <>; John Dugan <>
Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016 8:33 AM
Subject: Levitt safety concerns and follow-up on if both deals still on table for electricity?
1) Rumor has it that the 4th of July celebration at the Levitt was REALLY cut short for lack of police presence in relation to the crowds and not the storm which was hours away….any thruth to that? I was so delighted to see Councilman Shepard jamming out and was dissappointed that they were cut short.
2) Since the truck incident in France, as I approached the Levitt last night and saw the people sitting in the street on Abram, I felt they were vulerable and hope that possibly more vehicles could be parked to block any vehicles…last month I saw a car come through there really slow and the older lady was confused and police responded quickly BUT.
3) Are we still entertaining both the 30 year build/own/distribute electricity from NG plant in Mitchell TX and the 7 or 9 yr contract to buy from TXU? Councilman Parker did respond albeit I didn’t get the impression that this idea of owning our own gas-fired power plant was FOR SURE terminated, so I was hoping to hear from other council people in particular those that did NOT oppose the idea publicly.
In Ohio an article read..

“The previous building (of natural gas fired power plants) boom was in the early 2000s, when Ohio utilities and private investors spent billions of dollars on new gas-fired plants. Some of those projects did not pan out for investors because of market factors that arose later in the decade, and some of the plants have changed hands several times in response to financial turmoil”.

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UPDATE: Check out this video of sandstorm in Mitchell county…..could NOT be good for all those gaswell padsites and proposed gasplants….

UPDATE: The Arlington City Councils June 28 2016 day session included a presentation (that I did not see in the day session agenda notes) about how the city could have their own power plant built in west Texas to be fully integrated as both an energy manufacturer AND distributer. But surprisingly & thankfully during that night session we untabled the original plan and moved forward on a 7 or 9 yr contract to choose from one of three energy distribution companies. The last word in the day session was that MAYOR Williams wanted council to sit on it til August 2 because “…the opportunity is really big and I don’t want us to hear about some other city taking advantage of it.”

Thankfully my councilman responded to two of my emails on this subject of why we were walking away from owning a NG fired power plant….which is a smart thing to do especially given that speculating on the future price of natural gas is risky. We fracked everywhere and are over supplied and can easily replace supplies because we fracked so much and there are loans tied to production and so we should be over supplied for a while. Low energy prices make paying back the building of a power plant not a good investment.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Charlie Parker <>
To: kim feil <>
Sent: Friday, July 1, 2016 7:55 AM
Subject: Re: Q both deals still on table for electricity?
The city is not an electrical company.  It is a city.  We would be on the hook for $54 million a year to the builder of the power plant builder.  It is that simple.  It would break the city.


Sent from my iPad

On Jun 30, 2016, at 1:29 PM, kim feil <> wrote:

Thank you for your response….I’m getting questions as to why the city went with plan A (not build/own power plant)…some say so as to not cut into new ballpark slush funds?
If you have additional info, please let us know, thanks.
Di it have anything to do with Austin putting off the same idea for at least five years due to the cheap energy cost environment?


From: Charlie Parker <>
To: kim feil <>
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016 9:37 AM
Subject: Re: Q both deals still on table for electricity?


It is my understanding that we are only pursuing the 7  &  9  yr deals.

Sent from my iPad

On Jun 30, 2016, at 8:21 AM, kim feil <> wrote:

Thanks for your comments in the day session.


Are we entertaining both: the 30 year build/own/distribute electricity from NG plant in Mitchell TX and the 7 or 9 yr contract to buy from one of three distributers?
What else can you say about the two which seem to conflict with each other.

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#Got #NaturalGAS? Mayor Jeff Williams said that this coming wave of cities selling electricity to its citizens and businesses is an opportunity he wants our town in on. We were targeted by a company, FGE Power, who builds natural gas power plants.

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Arlington will have to create jobs with the task of selling “our” electricity. And since we have big customers like: GM, UTA, the not yet built Arlington LIVE complex, and the Entertainment District, maybe we won’t get stuck with unsold product? Listen here at the last half hour of the June 28 2016 day council session (click on Evening Agenda Items tab to jump to video portion)…...

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Here is the link to the HUGE attachments for the evening agenda item from the 804 page document. This was labeled as tabled….but a motion to remove it from being tabled came from councilman Shepard and seconded by Wolff and then with no one wanting to discuss it (the day session presentation to be our own energy provider), the motion was passed unanimously to “Authorize the City Manager or his designee to negotiate and execute either a 7-year or 9-year contract for Electricity Supply for the City of Arlington” .Screen shot 2016-06-30 at 6.40.19 AMScreen shot 2016-06-30 at 6.40.32 AM

So what am I missing here? The day session discussion was to consider building our own power plant where the power would be available by end of 2018, but the evening vote was to enter into a 7 or 9 year contract to chose from a narrowed down list of companies that “distribute” electricity?

Does that mean council isn’t buying into a 30 year deal to own and distribute our own fracked gas power? Will they also still consider and continue contemplating on August 2?

FYI Austin put off this idea cause it wasn’t financially viable….originally it was great effort to stop this idea and folks are tickled it died (for now on its own in Austin).

austin gas flop

We need to kick FGE to the curb. They need to go peddle their search for owners of their building gas plants elsewhere…. like on Mars.


About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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3 Responses to City of Arlington considered building/owning NG Power Plant in Mitchell County but is now….

  1. I’m so sorry to hear this about Arlington. We are fighting new gas power plants here in Denton too, and the additional air pollution, debt, and fracking that comes along with it. Our public electric company keeps telling us we need and want these gas plants but we don’t. And a majority on City Council refuses to allow us even the possibility of voting on it. Please let us know how we can help you in Arlington. We are all in this together.

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