OGE Energy Corp. is the latest company to outline a program to harness more wind power. OG&E President and CEO Pete Delaney says the company plans to quadruple its wind power production. He announced the company also plans to be a big player in ushering in development for more wind power projects in western Oklahoma.
In a speech before the Downtown Rotary Club, Delaney also announced a major transmission line project in western Oklahoma. He said implementation of the company’s plans should give more OG&E customers the choice of being up to 100 percent “green power” users in a few years.
“The significant amount of wind in western Oklahoma is a largely untapped resource that is in increasing demand in Oklahoma and across the nation,” said Delaney. “We have been working on plans for some time now to significantly increase OG&E’s wind power production over the next four years.”
OG&E already has 170 megawatts of wind power. The accomplishment of this latest announcement could increase that capacity to about 770 megawatts, Delaney said.
The investment in wind energy development could move Oklahoma from being sixth in the nation to as high as third in wind power production behind Texas and California.