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Oklahoma wind farms to provide power to Arkansas, Nebraska

Two new Oklahoma wind farms will provide electricity to utility customers in Arkansas and Nebraska.
by Jay F. Marks Modified: July 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm •  Published: July 23, 2013
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“We will continue to pursue energy options that allow AECC's member cooperatives to provide reliable electricity at the lowest possible cost.”

EDP Renewables will build a 100-megawatt wind farm to provide power to Lincoln Electric Systems for 20 years. It is expected to be built in 2015.

Lincoln Electric Systems CEO Kevin Wailes said the wind farm will bring lower-cost power to the company's customers.

“We expect to begin realizing these savings in the first year, with the benefits increasing throughout the life of the contract,” he said.

Wailes said the Oklahoma wind will boost the company's renewable resource portfolio by 12 percent.

“By 2016, over 23 percent of LES' annual retail sales will be supplied by renewable resources, which includes wind, solar, hydro and landfill gas,” he said.

“Aside from the environmental benefits, increasing the amount of renewable energy in our power resource portfolio will help mitigate the adverse impact that additional regulations on power plant emissions and fuel and electric market volatility can have on our low rates.”

by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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By 2016, over 23 percent of LES' annual retail sales will be supplied by renewable resources, which includes wind, solar, hydro and landfill gas.”

Kevin Wailes,
Lincoln Electric Systems CEO

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