Wind Power for Oklahoma’s Electric Grid

OG&E Electric Services, the first electric utility in Oklahoma to offer wind power as a choice for its customers, marked its green power debut by ceremoniously flipping the switch to put Oklahoma’s newest energy source on-line.

Woodward Oklahoma – October 23, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] With the brand new Oklahoma Wind Energy Center as a backdrop, dedication activities included company leaders, representatives from the Woodward community, state and local officials, and Oklahoma Corporation Commission Chairman, Denise Bode. “We strongly believe that this careful first step with wind power is an excellent way to go for two main reasons,” said Steve Moore, OG&E chairman, president and CEO. “First, it will give us a chance to see how it works within our existing network of power plants and power lines. Second, it allows electric consumers to choose for themselves.” Moore reminded the group that OG&E first came to Woodward in 1936. “In the middle of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, OG&E made a bold commitment to Northwestern Oklahoma; and today, we open the next chapter in Oklahoma’s energy story,” Moore said. The Oklahoma Wind Energy Center consists of 68 turbines, each standing 210 feet, the height of a 17-story building. The 1,200-acre facility is located about 10 miles north of Woodward off Highway 34. Florida-based FPL Energy owns and operates the Oklahoma Wind Energy Center, which generates 50 MW of wind power for OG&E. Last month at the State Fair of Oklahoma, OG&E began a campaign to enroll customers in the wind program, and it continues to actively educate customers on the wind-power option.

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