Apex Clean Energy pursues six wind projects in Oklahoma

Apex Clean Energy has a total of six new wind projects in the works in Oklahoma, including four with a total of 1,200 MW of capacity that are due for commercial operation in 2015.

Apex filed Aug. 26 initial comments with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as part of the commission’s ongoing look under a Notice of Inquiry issued in August at the state of wind energy development in Oklahoma. The commission’s review process from here includes an Oct. 15 technical conference and a Dec. 2 hearing.

Apex said it is actively developing six projects in Oklahoma that are expected to inject over $1.4bn into Oklahoma’s economy. These projects are:

  • Balko Wind – Beaver County, Oklahoma. The Balko Wind project is a 300-MW facility with an estimated Commercial Operation Date (COD) in 2015. Energy will be sold through a Renewable Energy Purchase Agreement (REPA) to Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) and Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC). Apex will invest an estimated $422m in this project.
  • Kay Wind – Kay County, Oklahoma. The Kay Wind project will provide 300 MW of energy and has an estimated COD in 2015. Energy will be sold through a REPA to Westar Energy and the project will involve a total investment of $439m by Apex.
  • Kingfisher Wind – Canadian and Kingfisher counties, Oklahoma. The Kingfisher Wind project is a 300-MW facility with an estimated COD in 2015. Apex will invest $452m in this project.
  • Grant Wind – Grant County, Oklahoma. The Grant Wind project is a 300-MW facility with an estimated COD in 2015. Apex will invest $439m in the Grant Wind project.
  • Campbell Creek Wind – Kingfisher County, Oklahoma. The Campbell Creek Wind project is a 250-MW facility with an estimated COD in 2018. Apex will invest $343m in this project.
  • Balko II Wind – Beaver County, Oklahoma. The Balko II Wind project will provide 150 MW of energy and has a COD in 2018.

Apex also pointed out that it completed the Canadian Hills Wind project in December 2012. That wind facility is now owned by Atlantic Power, although Apex maintains a 1% interest in the project. This 300 MW project is exceeding performance estimates and is now generating enough clean, renewable energy to power approximately 100,000 homes. Power from this project is currently purchased by PSO, the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) and Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA).

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