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Lift cloak of secrecy on energy center

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Denton Record-Chronicle Editorial

We noted the arrival of several huge natural gas-powered engines at the Denton Energy Center, which is under construction near Denton Enterprise Airport.

The engines will generate electricity for Denton Municipal Electric, the city-owned utility.

When all is said and done, Denton Energy Center will have cost in excess of $225 million.

Critics have said the city should have invested more in solar and wind energy rather than a new plant fueled by natural gas.

The Denton Energy Center will go into operation despite the criticism.

Major aspects of the project -- predicted impact on air pollution, energy pricing assumptions used to justify the project and the deal to purchase the land on which it sits -- have been cloaked in secrecy.

This newspaper will continue to publish stories about the creation of the Denton Energy Center, which has been cloaked in secrecy for more than a year.

The public needs to know the full story.