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Fri October 11, 2013

Two New Wind Farm Projects Planned for Oklahoma Panhandle

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 1:51 pm

A wind farm near Weatherford, Okla.

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A wind farm near Weatherford, Okla.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma, one of the state’s largest utilities, says it has agreed to decades long contracts for power from new wind farm projects in northwest Oklahoma.

A statement released by PSO’s president and chief operating officer — and reported on by The Journal Record‘s D. Ray Tuttle — says the “purchase agreements add a significant amount of Oklahoma wind energy.”

When the latest contracts start in 2016, PSO’s total wind under contract will total 1,137 MW. The new agreements include:

  • 199.8 MW from Balko Wind LLC, owned by Apex Clean Energy Holdings LLC. The project is in Beaver County, in the Oklahoma panhandle.

  • 198.9 MW from Seiling Wind LLC, which is owned by NextEra Energy Resources LLC. The wind farm is in Dewey County in northwestern Oklahoma.

  • 200 MW from the Goodwell Wind Project LLC, which is owned by TradeWind Energy and is in Texas County in the panhandle.

And as The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports, these wind farms will be new. Right now, there’s just one large-scale wind farm in the panhandle. By 2015, there will be three:

TradeWind said its Goodwell wind farm will be constructed on 20,000 acres in Texas County and involve about 30 landowners. The company’s 20-year agreement with PSO will provide enough electricity to power 60,000 homes.

…Apex said its Balko wind farm in the southwestern part of Beaver County will sell 200 megawatts of its planned 300-megawatt capacity to PSO.

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