Coal, Emissions, Wind

OG&E initiates one of largest wind power efforts in U.S.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 19, 2003 — OG&E Electric Services said that it has issued requests for proposals to establish one of the country’s largest utility-specific wind programs.

In its request, OG&E is seeking a large-scale wind power producer to provide 50 megawatts (50,000 kilowatts) of wind-generated electrical output. According to the Department of Energy, the request is one of the largest made by a utility solely for the use of its retail customers.

The wind purchase agreement, which is subject to approval by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, could allow for OG&E customers to begin purchasing wind power by the fall of 2004.

“We believe that many of our customers are interested in purchasing electricity generated from renewable resources, even if it means paying a bit more,” said Brian Alford, OG&E Spokesman. “This program will give our customers a renewable energy option.”

According to OG&E’s request for proposals, all proposals will be submitted in March, and a selection is planned in April or May.

OG&E, Oklahoma’s largest utility, serves 700,000 customers through an interconnected network of power lines and related equipment spanning 30,000 square miles in Oklahoma and western Arkansas.