After pulling the plug on its massive and controversial Wind Catcher wind project in the Oklahoma Panhandle, Public Service Company of Oklahoma is returning with another effort to create for wind energy resources.
In an announcement this week, PSO said it was requesting proposals for additional wind energy resources to be in commercial operation by the end of 2021. The company said the main requirement is that the project must be located in and interconnected to the Southwest Power Pool regional grid in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas or Oklahoma and must have a minimum nameplate rating of 100 megawatts (MW) with no size commitment.
“We’re seeking proposals for new wind energy as part of our commitment to providing affordable energy to our customers” said Peggy Simmons, PSO president and chief operating officer. “We’re requesting proposals that will meet customers’ expressed interest in renewable energy, diversify our energy supply and provide cost savings.”
Proposals are due by March 1, 2019. Response and contact information is available online at PSOklahoma.com/rfp.
PSO, a unit of American Electric Power is an electric utility company serving more than 550,000 customers accounts in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma. Based in Tulsa, PSO has nearly 3,800 megawatts of generating capacity and is one of the largest distributors of wind energy in the state.