New project could boost wind power in Oklahoma

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 09:04 AM
posted by rene5432

Utility companies have been steadily adopting renewable electricity, but technologies like wind power still suffer from problems getting energy from where it is produced to where it can be used. The Oklahoman reports that one project could help solve this problem by building a major new transmission line from Western Oklahoma to Tennessee.

The new power line would stretch across 800 miles and would be able to carry 3,500 megawatts of renewable electricity. That amounts to roughly one and a half times Oklahoma's the wind power capacity at the end of 2011, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

"There's a lot of potential out there and there's about 15 or 20 developers that would start building tomorrow if this project goes," said Phillip Teel, regional outreach manager for the company behind the project, Clean Line Energy Partners. "We think as a result of this project, there will be between 3,000 and 4,000 new windmills in the panhandle of Oklahoma."

Bloomberg reports that GE has jumped into the Oklahoma wind industry, while Reuters reports that Atlantic Power has purchased the remainder of the project it had invested in earlier.

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