Sparks Begin To Fly With Wind Catcher Electricity Transmission Project

Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) on Tuesday (March 6) fired back at a group opposing the $4.5 billion “Wind Catcher” project designed to deliver wind-powered energy to Arkansas.

SWEPCO, a subsidiary of Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power, has asked the Arkansas Public Service Commission for approval for Arkansas elements of the $4.5 billion project that includes the purchase of a 2,000-megawatt wind farm under construction in the Oklahoma Panhandle, and construction of a 360-mile transmission line to Tulsa, where the existing electrical grid would deliver wind energy to customers. SWEPCO would own 70% of the project, and its sister company, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, would own 30%. SWEPCO Arkansas is investing $607 million into the project. Approval is still needed from utility commissions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.   MORE

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