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SWEPCO Signs Wind Power Purchase Agreement

SWEPCO Wind Power Purchase Agreements Total 469 MW

AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) has signed long-term power purchase agreements for 469.15 megawatts (MW) of renewable wind energy from wind farms in the Texas Panhandle, western Oklahoma and south-central Kansas.

SWEPCO announced 20-year agreements totaling 358.65 MW on Jan. 25, 2012, from three projects expected to be on line by the end of 2012:

  • Three contracts totaling 201.25 MW from Canadian Hills Wind, LLC, owned by Apex Wind Energy Holdings, LLC and located in Canadian County, west of Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • 79.6 MW from High Majestic Wind II, LLC, owned by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC and located in Carson and Potter Counties in the Texas Panhandle.
  • 77.8 MW from Flat Ridge 2 Wind Energy, LLC, owned by BP Wind Energy and Sempra U.S. Gas and Power and located in Barber, Harper, Kingman and Sumner Counties, southwest of Wichita, Kan.

All three projects are expected to be on line by the end of 2012.

SWEPCO’s earlier 20-year agreements include:

  • 31 MW also from Flat Ridge 2 Wind Energy LLC, as part of the Louisiana Public Service Commission’s Renewable Energy Pilot, announced in December 2011 and expected to be online by the end of 2012.
  • 79.5 MW from Majestic Wind Power LLC, a subsidiary of Babcock & Brown Renewable Holdings Inc, for 79.5 MW from the Majestic Wind Farm near Amarillo in Carson County, Texas, announced in January 2009 and now on line. Majestic Wind is now known as High Majestic Wind, owned by NextEra Energy Resources LLC. High Majestic Wind II (SWEPCO’s later purchase) is a build-out of the original project.
  • News release 1/25/12
  • News release 1/13/09

SWEPCO’s 358.65 MW announced on Jan. 25, 2012, along with a 49.2-MW agreement signed by the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, meet the 400-MW renewable energy commitment in a settlement of legal issues involving the John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant. SWEPCO announced on Dec. 22, 2011, that the company had settled all legal actions brought against it by the Sierra Club, the National Audubon Society and Audubon Arkansas related to the Turk Plant under construction in southwest Arkansas. The settlement includes a provision that SWEPCO and its co-owners would construct or secure 400 MW of new renewable energy resources by the end of 2014. OMPA is a co-owner of the Turk Plant. The SWEPCO and OMPA agreements total 407.85 MW.

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