OG&E to supply Oklahoma State University with wind power

Oklahoma City, December 6, 2011 — OG&E and Oklahoma State University jointly announced an agreement to provide wind power to the Stillwater campus.

If approved by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the 20-year agreement will provide wind power to help meet the current and future power generation needs of OSU.

OSU expects the new agreement using wind generation, coupled with other OG&E power sources, will provide the university options to optimize cost savings over the contract term. As a result of this agreement, OSU plans to phase out the university’s existing 62-year-old on-campus cogeneration facility and construct a new more efficient boiler/chiller plant.

The agreement with OG&E complements the university’s all-CNG campus/community bus fleet and its system-wide energy program that has saved $17.5 million system-wide. Part of those energy savings have supported academic and research pursuits.

OG&E will contract with NextEra Energy to build a 60-MW wind farm near Blackwell, Okla., to support the OSU project. NextEra acquired the community wind development model project from OwnEnergy in November of this year.

An application requesting approval of the OSU agreement and the NextEra Energy contract was filed December 1 with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

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