The Oklahoma Corporation Commission voted 3-0 to approve OG&E's comprehensive renewable energy program, which includes construction of 115-mile, 345 kV transmission line between Woodward and Oklahoma City.
In approving the plan, commissioners characterized the OG&E program as an important catalyst for the development of western Oklahoma's abundant wind energy potential.
‘A high-capacity transmission line from Woodward to Oklahoma City is an important step in unlocking the full potential wind energy in western Oklahoma,’ says Pete Delaney, OG&E chairman, president and CEO. ‘The approval of our plan by the commission is a significant development in providing the benefit of wind energy to our state.’
The approval includes the cost to build the transmission line between Woodward and Oklahoma City, a rider to allow recovery of costs for the line beginning at the time it goes into service, and a tariff that will allow more OG&E customers to choose up to 100% renewable energy.
The approval keeps the transmission line on schedule at current costs and assures that the development of new wind farms can be coordinated effectively with the availability of new transmission capacity.
According to OG&E, the new transmission line will not only carry electricity produced by OG&E wind farms, but will also support power produced by other wind farms in the area. Revenue from providing transmission capacity to other companies will help offset the cost to OG&E customers of constructing the line.
The new OG&E renewable energy purchase program will be implemented early next year. The program will be expanded as new wind generation capacity comes online – a planned 300 MW or more in 2010 and another 300 MW in 2011 or 2012.
SOURCE: OGE Energy Corp.