Decision will help unleash Oklahoma's wind potential
OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Oklahoma Corporation
Commission voted 3-0 today to approve OG&E's comprehensive renewable energy
program, which includes construction of a high-capacity transmission line
between Woodward and Oklahoma City.
"A high-capacity transmission line from Woodward to Oklahoma City is an
important step in unlocking the full potential wind energy in western
Oklahoma," said Pete Delaney, OG&E chairman, president and CEO. "The approval
of our plan by the Commission is a significant development in providing the
benefit of wind energy to our state."
In approving the plan, Commissioners characterized the OG&E program as an
important catalyst for the development of western Oklahoma's abundant wind
OG&E submitted a request to the Commission in May, detailing its
commitment to quadruple its wind energy capacity in the state to at least 770
megawatts. An important first step is the 115-mile, 345 kilovolt (kV)
transmission line between Woodward and Oklahoma City.
The Commission's approval today included the cost to build the
transmission line between Woodward and Oklahoma City; a rider to allow
recovery of costs for the line beginning at the time it goes into service; and
a tariff that will allow more OG&E customers to choose up to 100 percent
The approval keeps the transmission line on schedule at current costs and
assures that the development of new wind farms can be coordinated effectively
with the availability of new transmission capacity.
OG&E has held public meetings with local officials and citizen groups
along the transmission line route and has finalized the project's path.
Right-of-way agents will now begin obtaining easements from property owners
for construction of the line.
The new line is required because existing transmission facilities in the
area are nearly at capacity. The new line will be used to transport
electricity produced by current and future wind farms in northwestern
The new transmission line will not only carry electricity produced by OG&E
wind farms but also will support power produced by other wind farms in the
area. Revenue from providing transmission capacity to other companies will
help offset the cost to OG&E customers of constructing the line.
The cost of the plan to the average residential customer, including the
cost of adding the new transmission line and new wind generation, as well as
savings from using wind energy, is estimated at $1.50 per month in 2010.
The new OG&E renewable energy purchase program will be implemented early
next year. The program will be expanded as new wind generation capacity comes
online -- a planned 300 MW or more in 2010 and another 300 MW in 2011 or 2012.
The renewable energy program is part of OG&E's response to a growing
demand for electricity in Oklahoma. The company plans to address its near-term
capacity requirements through a combination of new wind generation, the
acquisition of the natural gas-fired Redbud power plant near Luther and
consumer education programs designed to encourage energy efficiency.
OG&E, a subsidiary of OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE), is a regulated
electric utility with more than 765,000 customers in a service area spanning
30,000 square miles in Oklahoma and western Arkansas. OGE Energy also is the
parent of Enogex LLC, a midstream natural gas pipeline business with principal
operations in Oklahoma.
SOURCE OGE Energy Corp.
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