Duke Energy Renewables completes 200-MW windfarm in Oklahoma, sells power to City Uitlities of Springfield

Written By: Stratton Report
February 9, 2017

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On February 9, Duke Energy Renewables announced the completion of its 200-MW wind power plant in Oklahoma, the Frontier Windpower Project.

Per Duke, City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., is purchasing the power from the Frontier Windpower Project under a 22-year agreement.

Duke Energy Renewables stressed that the new windfarm raised its U.S. wind capacity to 2,300-MWs.

Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology remarked:

We had several ‘firsts’ with the Frontier project. It was our first wind project in Oklahoma, and it was the first time Vestas’ extra-large 126-meter rotors were deployed in the U.S. We also formed a unique partnership with Blackwell Industrial Authority for our operations and maintenance building. A project of this scale was made possible by the overwhelming support of the community, landowners, vendors and our customer, City Utilities.

Scott Miller, general manager, City Utilities of Springfield observed: “We’re excited about the partnership we have developed with the Frontier Windpower Project. Providing a long-term renewable source of power generation in this changing market is critical to the future of our utility.”

John Robertson, executive director of Blackwell Industrial Authority commented: “Rarely does a project, by design, have a multigenerational economic impact on a region like Duke Energy Renewables’ new Frontier wind farm. Blackwell, Oklahoma, is fortunate to have been selected for their operations and maintenance facility, assuring decades of high-tech jobs and investment in our rural location. We are excited to welcome them to our community and are looking forward to future growth of the green energy sector in our state.”

Amshore US Wind provided development support for the project, and Wanzek Construction was the contractor. Vestas supplied 61 turbines for the site