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October 22, 2003

Oklahoma Gains a 102-Megawatt Wind Power Plant

The first major wind power plant in Oklahoma went online on October 14th, bringing 102 megawatts of wind power to the state. The Oklahoma Wind Energy Center, located near Woodward in northwest Oklahoma, was developed by FPL Energy and is providing half its power to the Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) and the other half to the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA). It features 68 1.5-megawatt turbines, manufactured by GE Wind Energy. See the press releases from OG&E and OMPA (PDF 61 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

For background on the project, see the July 11th press release from FPL Energy.

Oklahoma will soon gain its second wind power plant, as Zilkha Renewable Energy is building a 74.25-megawatt wind project near Lawton. Zilkha expects to complete the project, called the Blue Canyon Wind Farm, in December. See the Zilkha Web site.