Florida Energy Provider Seeks Additional 94 MW From Kingfisher Wind

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Pensacola, Fla.-based Gulf Power is looking to bring to its energy mix an additional 94 MW of wind power from the Kingfisher Wind farm in Oklahoma.

Gulf Power, an investor-owned energy provider with all its common stock owned by Atlanta-based Southern Co., serves more than 447,000 customers in eight counties throughout northwest Florida.

Since January, the project has been producing 178 MW of energy for Gulf Power. Now, the energy provider is seeking approval from the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) to bring its total purchased power from the project up to 272 MW.

The 298 MW Kingfisher Wind project has a total of 136 wind turbines. The project, located in Oklahoma’s Kingfisher and Canadian counties, began commercial operations in early 2016. Project originator Apex Clean Energy, project owner First Reserve, power hedge provider Morgan Stanley and power purchaser Gulf Power collaborated on the contract and financing structure, says Apex.

If the additional 94 MW are approved by the FPSC, Gulf Power says renewable energy sources will comprise approximately 9% of the company’s energy mix (once the construction of Gulf Power’s military solar projects in northwest Florida are complete).

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