$400 Million for Wind Power in Oklahoma

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been approved for a wind power project in northern Oklahoma to build up to 227 megawatts of wind power capacity. Jesse Langston, from Oklahoma Gas and Electric said, “This is a good outcome resulting from collaboration of the various parties interested in the expansion of renewable energy in Oklahoma.” The site is near Canton in Dewey County. The wind power facility should become operational by the second half of 2011.

About 86 Siemens wind turbines are slated for the project. Each one generates 2.3 megawatts of electricity. The Siemens SWT 2.3 101 turbine has a diameter of 101 meters, a little larger than the length of a football field.

Initially customers will see a slight increase in their utility bills, but after two years costs will come down and stay down for the lifetime of the wind farm. Wind turbines are active for about twenty years.

When completed, the Crosswinds wind project will increase the Oklahoma utility company’s wind power to ten percent of its total energy. It will be constructed by Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas). Oklahoma is thought to have one of the top ten wind power potentials in the United States. (Texas is number one.)

Oklahoma Gas and Electric serves about 779,000 customers both in Oklahoma and part of Arkansas.

Image Credit: James Fleeting

55 comments

Charles Webb
Charles Webb6 years ago

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-01-04-windmills-usat_x.htm

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Richard E Cooley
Richard E Cooley6 years ago

Couldn't the cost be spread out so that our bills would never go up just go down slower.

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Penelope P.
Penelope P7 years ago

Goodie

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Penelope P.
Penelope P7 years ago

Goodie

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Penelope P.
Penelope P7 years ago

Goodie

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Carole K.
Carole K7 years ago

Free as the breeze! Not too far away now. Eventually, people return to the old/ new better ways. I wonder if they unearthed any old pioneer windmills in building this new, more efficient prototype!

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Charles W.
Charles Webb7 years ago

Hope they are tornado proof.

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Andrew Merlin
Andrew Merlin7 years ago

I do think that wind power is the solution to some problems, but I live near a wind "farm" And the're everywhere you look, it did look nice until they were put in, It's very ugly. Not to mention they kill millions of birds annualy, But still, it is better than some power sources

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Cynthia B.
Cynthia B7 years ago

This is GREAT, and such welcome news....I also think that solar panels would be good.

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Mervi R.
Mervi R7 years ago

Good to hear great news for a change!

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