OG&E Centennial 80-Turbine Wind Farm Dedicated

OG&E Electric Services’ Centennial Wind Farm was dedicated last month, and recognized for its 80-turbine addition to the electric power grid — more than tripling the company’s production of renewable wind energy. It was approved by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in April 2006.

“OG&E is committed to helping Oklahoma harness its abundant wind resources in a meaningful way,” said Steve Moore, Chairman and CEO of OGE Energy Corp., parent company of OG&E Electric Services. “Our company has been, and will continue to be, a leader in developing wind-driven power generation as a way to further diversify our electricity-generating portfolio.” The project’s General Electric turbines, each rated at 1.5 megawatts (MW), can produce 120 MW of power. Together with the 50 MW OG&E obtained in 2003 through a long-term contract with developers of a nearby wind farm, the company now has 170 MW of wind-generated capacity. The turbines are computer-controlled, operating in winds ranging from 7 to 55 mph, with peak performance at about 25 mph. For safety, the turbines automatically shut down if wind speeds exceed 55 mph. OG&E is making wind energy from the new Centennial project available to all OG&E customers rather than using a subscriber-based program. About 10,000 OG&E customers subscribed to wind energy from the company’s turbines at the Sooner Wind Farm near Woodward. That program was recognized this month as one of the Top 10 “Green Power” programs in the country by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


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