Oklahoma, United States [RenewableEnergyWold.com] OGE Energy Corp. announced that its electric utility subsidiary, OG&E, is requesting proposals from wind power developers for construction of up to 300 megawatts (MW) of new wind energy capacity. OG&E said that it intends to add the new capacity to its power-generation portfolio by late 2010.
“We previously announced and have been working on plans to significantly increase OG&E’s wind power production,” said Pete Delaney, OGE Energy’s chairman, president and CEO. “We believe wind generation benefits our customers and the state as we position ourselves for a secure energy future.”
OG&E already has 170 MW of wind energy, 50 MW from a power-purchase agreement with FPL Energy that began in 2003 and 120 MW from the Centennial wind farm, owned and operated by OG&E since 2007. Adding up to 300 MW of wind generation would be a major step for OG&E toward its goal to add up to 600 MW of wind power over the next four to six years, the company said.
OG&E previously announced that is building a high-voltage transmission line from Woodward to Oklahoma City, in order to bring future supplies of wind power to the population centers of Oklahoma and across the region.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission earlier this year approved OG&E’s renewable energy proposal, including a recovery mechanism for the cost of the transmission line from Woodward to Oklahoma City. Construction of the new transmission line is expected to begin in 2009. OG&E also recently announced an agreement with the University of Oklahoma that will add 100 MW of wind energy to the OG&E system.