Company plans to make western Oklahoma a national wind leader
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OGE Energy Corp.
Chairman, President and CEO Pete Delaney today detailed OG&E's goal to
quadruple the company's wind power production and help open western Oklahoma
for development of even more wind power projects.
In a speech before the Downtown Rotary Club, Delaney also announced a
major transmission line project in western Oklahoma. He said 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 significant amount of wind in western Oklahoma is a largely untapped
resource that is in increasing demand in Oklahoma and across the nation," said
Delaney. "We have been working on plans for some time now to significantly
increase OG&E's wind power production over the next four years."
OG&E already has 170 megawatts of wind power. The accomplishment of
today's announcement could increase that capacity to about 770 megawatts,
The investment in wind energy development could move Oklahoma from being
sixth in the nation to as high as third in wind power production behind Texas
and California. In addition to OG&E, there are many other developers
interested in western Oklahoma wind projects.
Delaney also described the company's aim to begin building a key stretch
of transmission power line from Oklahoma City to Woodward, eventually
extending to Guymon. Such a high-capacity line would be necessary for OG&E and
others to deliver wind-generated power from western and northwestern Oklahoma
to the rest of the state and beyond.
Delaney stressed that timely wind power development is dependent on
getting transmission lines in place to be able to transmit the power from
remote western parts of the state to population centers where the power is
"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," said
Delaney. "But it will require the approval of the regional transmission
authority and the support of our elected officials to become a reality."
Delaney also announced a concept to allow more OG&E customers to choose
what amount, if any, of their power would come from renewable sources and it
would be priced accordingly.
"This is an idea we are still working on but we know from our existing
wind power program that many of our customers are interested in using power
generated from renewable sources," said Delaney.
OG&E serves more than 762,000 customers in a service area spanning 30,000
square miles in Oklahoma and western Arkansas. OGE Energy also is the parent
company of Enogex Inc., a natural gas pipeline business with principal
operations in Oklahoma.
SOURCE OGE Energy Corp.
CONTACT: Brian Alford of OGE Energy Corp., +1-405-553-3187
Web site: http://www.oge.com