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.
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