Panhandle Wind Rush

On March 14, 2013, James Wester, leader of Underwood’s Renewable Energy practice, made a presentation relating to Tax Abatements under Chapter 312 of the Texas Tax Code at the Spring Panhandle County Judges & Commissioners Conference. The conference was held in Amarillo, Texas at the Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center. Mr. Wester’s presentation included (i) an update on wind development activity in the Texas Panhandle based upon the soon to be completed CREZ transmission lines and the extension of the Production Tax Credit and (2) the requisites steps for a County to create a reinvestment zone and approve a tax abatement agreement, including suggested best practices.