NextEra to add Oklahoma capacity

NextEra Energy Resources will have three General Electric-powered wind farms totaling 498.1MW in commercial operation later this year in northwest Oklahoma.

When fully online, these facilities and several others under construction by different developers will move Oklahoma into fourth place among states for wind generation capacity after Texas, California and Iowa.  

The three projects are Mammoth Plains and Seiling I, both 198.9MW, and Seiling II, 100.3MW.  

A company spokesman told the Enid News and Eagle newspaper that GE will supply 293 turbines for the three projects, which represent a $750m capital investment.

Off-takers for the power include Xcel Energy for Mammoth Hills, Public Service Company of Oklahoma for Seiling I and Golden Spread Electric Cooperative for Seiling II.

NextEra executives on a recent conference call listed the three projects among six totaling 1.02GW in the US they expect the company to bring into commercial operation this year.

Western Oklahoma has some of the best onshore wind resource in the US. It has been an epicenter for sector development in recent years.