Project Development, Wind Power

OG&E Signs Deals for New Wind Projects

OG&E announced agreements with developers who will build two new wind farms in northwestern Oklahoma as part of a plan under which OG&E will more than triple its current wind power capacity by the end of 2010. The construction of the new wind farms is contingent upon Oklahoma Corporation Commission approval of the agreements negotiated by OG&E.

OG&E has 170 megawatts (MW) of wind capacity in production today at its Centennial and Sooner wind farms, both near Woodward. The new 100 MW OU Spirit wind farm, now under construction near Woodward, is expected to be in production by year-end.

The agreements announced this week result from a competitive bid process conducted by OG&E earlier this year. CPV Keenan submitted a proposal based on a 150 MW wind farm in Woodward County and Edison Mission Energy a 130 MW facility in Dewey County near Taloga.

The agreements with CPV Keenan and Edison Mission are both 20-year power-purchase agreements, under which the developers will build, own and operate the wind generating facilities and OG&E will purchase their electric output.

The two new facilities, OU Spirit and the company’s existing wind generation would combine to give OG&E a total of 550 MW of wind-generation capacity – enough to power 125,000 homes on a typical day.