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Wind Energy Plan

"The significant amount of wind in western Oklahoma is a largely untapped resource that is in increasing demand in Oklahoma and across the nation," Delaney said in a statement. "We have been working on plans for some time now to significantly increase OG&E's wind power production over the next four years." ...Greene said concerns raised in other states about the aesthetics of the giant wind turbines or the environmental impact on migratory birds are minimal in western Oklahoma, where communities with vast expanses of land are desperate for economic development. "It's interesting that there hasn't been a lot of negatives about wind in Oklahoma"...

OGE Energy Corp. plans to quadruple its wind power production and build a high-capacity transmission line from western Oklahoma to Oklahoma City, the company's top executive announced Tuesday.

In a speech to the Downtown Rotary Club in Oklahoma City, OGE's Chairman, President and CEO Pete Delaney outlined the company's plan to open western Oklahoma for development of more wind power projects.

"The significant amount of wind in western Oklahoma is a largely untapped resource that is in increasing demand in Oklahoma and across the nation," Delaney said in a statement. "We have been working on plans for some time now to significantly increase OG&E's wind power production over the next four years."

Oklahoma City-based OGE Energy is the parent company of Oklahoma Gas & Electric, the state's largest electric utility.

Delaney said the implementation of the company's plans should give more OG&E customers the choice of being up to 100 percent "green-power" users in a few years.

The company already has 170 megawatts of wind power. Under the plan announced Tuesday, Delaney said that could be increased to about 770 megawatts. A high-capacity transmission line, which would be a necessary part of the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

OGE Energy Corp. plans to quadruple its wind power production and build a high-capacity transmission line from western Oklahoma to Oklahoma City, the company's top executive announced Tuesday.

In a speech to the Downtown Rotary Club in Oklahoma City, OGE's Chairman, President and CEO Pete Delaney outlined the company's plan to open western Oklahoma for development of more wind power projects.

"The significant amount of wind in western Oklahoma is a largely untapped resource that is in increasing demand in Oklahoma and across the nation," Delaney said in a statement. "We have been working on plans for some time now to significantly increase OG&E's wind power production over the next four years."

Oklahoma City-based OGE Energy is the parent company of Oklahoma Gas & Electric, the state's largest electric utility.

Delaney said the implementation of the company's plans should give more OG&E customers the choice of being up to 100 percent "green-power" users in a few years.

The company already has 170 megawatts of wind power. Under the plan announced Tuesday, Delaney said that could be increased to about 770 megawatts. A high-capacity transmission line, which would be a necessary part of the expansion, would be built from Oklahoma City to Woodward, eventually extending to Guymon.

"OG&E stands ready to build these lines and we are preparing to begin the Oklahoma City-Woodward line shortly after the first of the year," Delaney said. "But it will require the approval of the regional transmission authority and the support of our elected officials to become a reality."

The addition of a high-capacity transmission line should push Oklahoma toward being one of the top wind power-producing states in the nation, said Scott Greene, director of Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative, a joint program between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University to research, promote and develop educational materials on wind energy in Oklahoma.

"Once you get the transmission lines updated, basically the sky is the limit," Greene said.

Oklahoma already ranks sixth among the states in wind power production and, with the increases announced Tuesday, could move into the third spot behind Texas and California, Greene said.

Greene said concerns raised in other states about the aesthetics of the giant wind turbines or the environmental impact on migratory birds are minimal in western Oklahoma, where communities with vast expanses of land are desperate for economic development.

"It's interesting that there hasn't been a lot of negatives about wind in Oklahoma," Greene said. "Environmentally, birds and bats are the biggest potential concern, and it turns out neither of those are an issue in western Oklahoma."

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OCT 30 2007
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