It’s good to see government think outside the box, but the recent unraveling of an ambitious plan to secure a long-term, low-cost source of electricity for Lubbock and three other communities was just a bit too far from the square container, according to issues raised by the Texas Attorney General.

Now, as the various elements of the plan are being dismantled, it’s important to not shelve the creative thinking just because this effort didn’t work. A court ruled it had a fatal flaw in its foundation, but the concept of finding non-traditional methods of meeting public needs should survive the postmortem.