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Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. powers up new line

The wind power being spun out of northwest Oklahoma has a new path to the metro area. OG&E's new Windspeed transmission line passes near Watonga as it runs between Oklahoma City and Woodward. Photo provided Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. has turned on its new 121-mile transmission line stretching between Oklahoma City and Woodward, the company announced Tuesday.

Company calls 121-mile pathway vital for wind power produced in northwest Oklahoma

The wind power being spun out of northwest Oklahoma has a new path to the metro area.

OG&E's new Windspeed transmission line passes near Watonga as it runs between Oklahoma City and Woodward. Photo provided

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. has turned on its new 121-mile transmission line stretching between Oklahoma City and Woodward, the company announced Tuesday.

Company officials called the line a vital pathway for wind power produced in northwest Oklahoma. It connects wind farms in that area to OG&E's power grid.

"This is an important milestone in the ongoing development of renewable energy in our state," said Pete Delaney, OGE Energy Corp. chairman, president and CEO. "The new line supports a more robust build-out of Oklahoma's wind potential; producing revenue for landowners, creating jobs, increasing tax revenues in northwestern Oklahoma, and delivering renewable energy to Oklahoma consumers."

Delaney said the $200 million project, which was approved by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in 2008, was completed on time and... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Company calls 121-mile pathway vital for wind power produced in northwest Oklahoma

The wind power being spun out of northwest Oklahoma has a new path to the metro area.

OG&E's new Windspeed transmission line passes near Watonga as it runs between Oklahoma City and Woodward. Photo provided

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. has turned on its new 121-mile transmission line stretching between Oklahoma City and Woodward, the company announced Tuesday.

Company officials called the line a vital pathway for wind power produced in northwest Oklahoma. It connects wind farms in that area to OG&E's power grid.

"This is an important milestone in the ongoing development of renewable energy in our state," said Pete Delaney, OGE Energy Corp. chairman, president and CEO. "The new line supports a more robust build-out of Oklahoma's wind potential; producing revenue for landowners, creating jobs, increasing tax revenues in northwestern Oklahoma, and delivering renewable energy to Oklahoma consumers."

Delaney said the $200 million project, which was approved by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in 2008, was completed on time and on budget.

OG&E customers paid for construction of the new power line with a monthly charge averaging about $1.40 a month, company spokesman Brian Alford said.

The 345-kilovolt transmission line, known as Windspeed, runs from northwest Oklahoma City to Woodward. It connects OG&E's new extra-high-voltage substation near Woodward with the company's existing transmission grid.

The new Woodward substation also will serve as a renewable energy transmission hub as more wind farms are developed in the area.

The Southwest Power Pool, a regional organization that manages transmission in Oklahoma, Kansas and parts of Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana, could add two more lines: one connecting Woodward to the Panhandle and another north to Kansas.

OG&E has about 777,000 customers in its 30,000-square-mile service area in Oklahoma and western Arkansas.


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APR 7 2010
http://www.windaction.org/posts/25533-oklahoma-gas-and-electric-co-powers-up-new-line
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