FPL Energy, a subsidiary of the FPL Group, is to expand its Oklahoma Wind Energy Center by an additional 51MW and has signed an agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) to purchase the entire output from the expansion under a long-term contract.
The announcement brings the total capacity of the Oklahoma Wind Energy Center, the first large scale wind energy project in Oklahoma, to 102 MW.
Construction of the project will begin after approval of the power purchase agreement between FPL Energy and OG&E by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The project is expected to reach commercial operation by the end of 2003.
The 102-megawatt Oklahoma Wind Energy Center will be comprised of 68 1.5-MW turbines spread over a 1,200-acre site near Woodward in northwest Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority has already agreed to purchase 51MW, which is presently under construction, from the Oklahoma Wind Energy Center under a long-term contract.