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Energy Connection will provide more than 1.1 million south central residents with cost-saving wind energy
US renewable energy company Invenergy has partnered with GE Renewable Energy to construct a 2,000-megawatt wind farm in Oklahoma.
Once completed the wind farm will be the largest in the US and second-largest in the world and will provide power to 1.1 million people in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.
Construction of the Wind Catcher facility is underway in the Oklahoma panhandle and once operational in 2020 it will generate wind electricity from 800 GE 2.5 megawatt turbines.
The facility is part of the $4.5bn Wind Catcher Energy Connection that also includes a 350-mile dedicated, extra-high voltage power line.
“Wind Catcher shows American leadership in bringing low-cost clean energy to market at giga scale,” said Michael Polsky, Invenergy’s founder and CEO, Invenergy.
“This project reflects Invenergy’s innovative spirit and unparalleled execution ability, and we are proud to be working with forward-looking utilities like PSO and SWEPCO whose customers and communities will benefit from this project for decades to come.”
American Electric Power (AEP) utility subsidiaries Public Service Co of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) are asking utility regulators in in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma to approve plans to purchase the wind farm from Invenergy upon completion of construction.
“GE is delighted to be a part of the groundbreaking Wind Catcher project with Invenergy and American Electric Power,” said Pete McCabe, president and CEO of GE’s onshore wind business.
“We look forward to putting our teams to work in these communities as we continue to move toward our goal of ensuring that no one has to choose between sustainable, reliable and affordable energy.”
The 2.5 megawatt turbines that will power the project are GE’s latest model, designed to enhance siting efficiency, offer industry-leading reliability and allow for higher energy production.
GE will also implement its digital wind farm solutions, providing software to support wind operations including asset performance management and operations optimisation.
Wind Catcher Energy Connection is expected to save SWEPCO and PSO customers more than $7bn, net of cost, over 25 years. It also will contribute approximately $300m in property taxes over the life of the project.
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