A 48-mile transmission line will be built in Oklahoma by NextEra Energy Transmission company after it won approval by the Southwest Power Pool’s Board of Directors.
NextEra Energy, known for its wind farms operated in Oklahoma and other states said the project, a 345-kilovolt line to connect the Minco and Draper substations to address economic needs in the region, is expected to be online in 2024. It is known as the Minco-Pleasant Valley-Draper project and had the support of an industry expert panel which made the recommendation for approval from the Southwest Power Pool. The panel process is required under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s order for certain transmission projects.
“We are pleased to have been awarded the Minco-Pleasant Valley-Draper project by SPP,” said Matt Valle, president of NextEra Energy Transmission. “This project award, our second in SPP, furthers our goal of creating America’s leading competitive transmission company and is consistent with our strategy of adding high-quality regulated assets to our portfolio.”
NextEra Energy Transmission develops, finances, constructs, and maintains transmission assets across the continent. NextEra Energy Transmission operates through its regional subsidiaries to integrate renewable energy and strengthen the electric grid. The company’s subsidiaries were among the first non-incumbents to be awarded projects by system operators and utility commissions in California, New York, Texas, and Ontario.
NextEra Energy Transmission’s portfolio includes operating assets in 10 states, six regional transmission organizations and one Canadian province, with numerous projects under development and construction.