NEWS IN BRIEF SWEPCO plans stake in $4.5B wind farm

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — David Smith

South­west­ern Elec­tric Power Co. ex­pects to in­vest $3.2 bil­lion in a $4.5 bil­lion Ok­la­homa wind farm that will pro­vide 6 mil­lion megawatt-hours of wind en­ergy to SWEPCO cus­tomers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.

If ap­proved, SWEPCO will own 1,400 megawatts of a 2,000 megawatt wind farm un­der con­struc­tion in Ok­la­homa. SWEPCO will help build a 350-mile, 765-kilo­volt power line from the Ok­la­homa pan­han­dle to Tulsa to de­liver wind en­ergy to cus­tomers.

The pro­posed project, ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2020, should save SWEPCO cus­tomers more than $5 bil­lion over the 25-year life of the wind farm, SWEPCO said.

The project, billed as the largest sin­gle-site wind project in the coun­try, is sub­ject to reg­u­la­tory ap­proval in Arkansas, Louisiana, Ok­la­homa and Texas, as well as by the Fed­eral En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion.

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