Apex targets 600MW Oklahoma start

Developer Apex Clean Energy says the Balko and Kay wind projects, among the largest in Oklahoma at 300MW each, will be in full commercial operation in 2015.

Apex has signed long-term power supply contracts for Balko with 200MW going to Public Service of Oklahoma (PSO), the Tulsa-based subsidiary of American Electric Power, and 100MW to Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, based in Anadarko, Oklahoma.

PSO tells Recharge that pricing on its deal was cheaper than either natural gas or coal with the federal production tax credit factored in.

The Balko project is located in Oklahoma’s Panhandle region.

The Kay project has a 200MW off-take agreement with Westar, an electric utility based in the Kansas capital of Topeka, with Apex looking for a buyer for the balance.

The wind farm is located in northern Oklahoma near the border with Kansas south of Wichita.

Apex has acquired more than 3GW of wind projects in the past year from Blanco Canyon Wind in Texas, BP Wind Energy, Duke Energy and Nordex.  Spokeswoman Dahvi Wilson says the company declined to provide information on its development plans for the projects.