Topeka, KS, July 17, 2008 — Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OGE) announced it is partnering with Electric Transmission America (ETA), a joint-venture of subsidiaries of American Electric Power Co. Inc. and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., to form Horizon Transmission LLC, with plans to construct ultra-high capacity, 765 kilovolt transmission in western Oklahoma.
The development follows Westar Energy’s announcement in May that it is partnering with ETA to form a joint-venture company, Prairie Wind Transmission LLC, with plans to construct a 765 kV transmission system west of the Mississippi. OGE’s announcement further advances progress toward a transmission superhighway in the region.
Prairie Wind Transmission LLC plans to construct an ultra-high capacity transmission line extending from the Wichita area west to the Dodge City area and then south-southwest to the Kansas-Oklahoma border from Medicine Lodge. Horizon Transmission’s initial projects will include 765 kV lines from Woodward northwest to Guymon in the Oklahoma Panhandle and from Woodward north to the Kansas border to connect to the Prairie Wind 765 kV project. Both companies’ projects help realize the Southwest Power Pool’s vision for ultra-high capacity transmission in the region, as well as promote the growth of wind energy in western Kansas and Oklahoma.
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