Surrounded by approximately 1,600 megawatts of wind energy, Dumas is one of the region’s top locations for wind servicing firms and small manufacturers. According the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Dumas is uniquely situated within hours of an estimated 1,400 wind turbine generators and within an hour of a proposed 500 more. In addition, the planned High Plains Express Transmission Line flanks the town to the west. The new CREZ transmission plan lies to the south, and Southwest Power Pool Transmission expansion is to the north.
Because of the new transmission and wind distribution projects near Dumas, the town’s preparation for the industry, and the local 4- and 4-plus winds, Dumas recently received Expansion Solutions magazine’s 2010 Top 5 Wind Energy Award of Excellence.
The awards recognize economic development organizations that show exceptional progress and potential in development, which is done in part through successfully recruiting, retaining, and assisting local businesses. The top five locations were chosen because of the incredible support systems they offer businesses and for the recent activity and potential growth that can be created in each area. Their strategic locations, pro-business climates, investments in improving infrastructure, and availability of buildings and sites were among the top deciding factors for the award.
“Our road and rail distribution and logistical amenities make it easier to bring in the oversized equipment required for wind generators. This access to raw materials, ease of transportation, and some of the best wind in the world is making Dumas the wind energy hub of the Panhandle,” says Mike Running, executive director of the Dumas EDC. With a new wind business commercial center in development, the town’s edge on harnessing energy continues to increase.