The Woodward News

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February 21, 2010

More wind power on the way

Area’s reputation as wind energy center continues to grow

Woodward, Okla. — With geographical features particularly well-suited to producing wind, Woodward is quickly becoming a natural place for wind farm installations.

CPV Renewable Energy Company will begin construction in April on a 152- megawatt wind farm planned 12 miles southwest of Woodward.

It is the second phase of a multi-phased wind generation project with a total build-out potential exceeding 400- megawatts.  Michael Resca, CPV manager, said many factors made Woodward the ideal location for the project.

Wind productivity was a major factor but Resca said transmission capability and the number of landowners to be dealt with were also taken into consideration.  With all this in place, Resca said the company was ready to build on the success of the OU Spirit wind farm that was constructed in 2009.

“This project will provide economic benefits to Woodward County and environmental benefits for many years to come,” said Resca.  “This will create good jobs and income for the community, and also help protect consumers against fuel price increases.”

The Keenan II wind farm is expected to be in operation by the end of the year.  The wind farm will feature 66, 2.3- megawatt turbines, spread over about 8,000 acres.

CPV previously secured a 20-year power purchase agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company for the wind farm, which is expected to generate enough electricity to power approximately 45,000 Oklahoma homes.

OG&E announced the development deal in September with another project that will bring the utility company’s wind capacity to 550-megawatts, said OG&E spokesman Brian Alford.

Currently, OG&E has 270-megawatts of wind power in production now.  Alford said this is all part of the company’s commitment to quadrupling the amount of electricity it gets from wind power by 2012.

Much of OG&E’s wind energy is in the area with the Centennial Wind Farm in Harper County as well as purchasing power from Florida-based FPL Sooner Wind farm northeast of Woodward.

Sleeping Bear Wind Farm is also located in Harper County with the energy purchased by Public Service Company of Oklahoma.

President of the Woodward Industrial Foundation LaVern Phillips said Woodward is extremely fortunate to have CPV coming to the community.

 “This $319 million project is a huge announcement of Northwest Oklahoma,” said Phillips.  “It will help our ad valorem tax base and will also benefit public schools and other government funded departments.”

Phillips called CPV a first-class organization and commended their support of the Woodward community and local schools during construction on the OU Spirit farm. 

As did Mayor Bill Fanning who said, “this is a great opportunity to move Woodward forward.  It will benefit business in town, land owners and the citizens of Woodward.  CPV has showed great support and really gives back to our community.”

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