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$4.5 Billion Wind Catcher Project Moves a Step Closer to Construction

Enid News & Eagle:

Officials announced Tuesday that the Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project was approved by Arkansas Public Service Commission.

The announcement was made by Southwestern Electric Power Co. Wind Catcher Energy Connection is a joint effort between SWEPCO and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, and is a $4.5 billion project that involves building a wind farm in Oklahoma, a 350-mile power line and two substations. SWEPCO will own 70 percent of the project, and PSO the other 30 percent.

The wind farm, to be built on 300,000 acres in Cimarron and Texas counties in the Panhandle, will include about 800 2.5 MW wind turbines. A power line will stretch from there to Tulsa, bringing 2,000 megawatts of energy to customers in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma, in addition to parts of Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. PSO’s share of the project investment is $1.36 billion.

While the project was determined by the APSC in Arkansas to be “in the public interest,” PSO on Tuesday still was awaiting a decision from Oklahoma Corporation Commission for preapproval of the company’s request to allow PSO to charge ratepayers to help fund the project and recover an anticipated expenditure of the $1.36 billion.

SWEPCO said the project will save its customers more than $4 billion over the 25-year life of the wind farm. The company said customers will see savings mostly through a reduction in the fuel portion of their bills starting in 2021. If completed, Wind Catcher will be the largest single-site wind project in the United States.

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