Ohio-based American Electric Power is proceeding with its planned 1,485-megawatt North Central wind project, despite Texas regulators rejecting the $2 billion project.
The $2 billion wind project is being developed in Oklahoma and will provide electricity to Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas, Kallanish Energy reports.
The project will serve electric customers of AEP subsidiaries Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) and the Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO).
The 309 megawatts that had been designated to Texas will now go to the other three states after the Public Utility Commission of Texas last week denied approval.
AEP said it was disappointed by the Texas decision.
PSO will get 675 megawatts to serve its Oklahoma customers. In addition, 464 megawatts will go to Louisiana and 268 megawatts to Arkansas, and wholesale customers will get 78 megawatts for a total of 810 megawatts to SWEPCO customers.
The project had earlier won approval from regulators in the other three states along with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
AEP says customers will save $3 billion over the next 30 years on reduced electric bills.
Its companies will acquire the three wind properties in north-central Oklahoma when they are completed in 2020 and 2021.
The Oklahoma wind farms are being developed by Invenergy.
The wind farms include a 999-megawatt facility being built north of Weatherford, a 287-megawatt facility being built southwest of Enid and a 199-megawatt facility being built south of Alva.
The 199-megawatt facility is due to be completed by the end of 2020. The other two projects will be completed by the end of 2021,
Collectively, the three wind projects would provide more than 5.7 million megawatt-hours of new wind annually.
The purchase of the Oklahoma wind farms came after AEP had canceled the $4.5 billion Wind Catcher Energy Connection wind farm and transmission line.
It was canceled in July 2018 after the Texas Public Utility Commission voted against the project, the largest planned wind farm in the nation with an estimated 2-gigawatt production capacity.
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