Oklahoma, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The Oklahoma Corporation Commission voted 3-0 on Thursday to approve Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s (OG&E) renewable energy program, which includes construction of a high-capacity transmission line between Woodward and Oklahoma City.
“A high-capacity transmission line from Woodward to Oklahoma City is an important step in unlocking the full potential wind energy in western Oklahoma,” said Pete Delaney, OG&E chairman, president and CEO. “The approval of our plan by the Commission is a significant development in providing the benefit of wind energy to our state.”
OG&E submitted a request to the Commission in May, detailing its commitment to quadruple its wind energy capacity in the state to at least 770 megawatts. An important first step is the 115-mile, 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line between Woodward and Oklahoma City. The new transmission line will not only carry electricity produced by OG&E wind farms but also will support power produced by other wind farms in the area.
Revenue from providing transmission capacity to other companies will help offset the cost to OG&E customers of constructing the line. The cost of the plan to the average residential customer, including the cost of adding the new transmission line and new wind generation, as well as savings from using wind energy, is estimated at US $1.50 per month in 2010.
The plan also includes a new OG&E renewable energy purchase program that will be implemented early next year. The program will be expanded as new wind generation capacity comes online, including a planned 300 MW or more in 2010 and another 300 MW in 2011 or 2012.