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Wind generation sets record in Southwest Power Pool

Electricity produced from wind set a record for several hours on Thursday, according to data from the Southwest Power Pool, a regional transmission organization that covers Oklahoma and eight other states. Despite the wind record, coal continues to be the dominant fuel for the region.
by Paul Monies Published: October 12, 2013

“The winds have been pretty high in the last few days with the weather systems over much of the Midwest,” Goggin said. “The SPP has great wind in Oklahoma and Kansas that can provide high amounts of power. We've got a stable, high-quality resource there.”

The organization's wind peak came as Tulsa-based utility Public Service Co. of Oklahoma announced agreements with three wind developers for 600 megawatts of wind capacity to come online in 2016. PSO, a unit of American Electric Power Co. Inc., has more than 530,000 electricity customers in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma.

Condition set

A condition of PSO's power purchase agreements was the ability of the companies to begin construction on the wind farms in Texas, Beaver and Dewey counties before the end of the year. That's when a key federal tax credit for wind production expires. The incentive provides a 2.3-cent credit for each kilowatt hour of electricity generated.

Goggin said the prospects for a renewal of the production tax credit are in the hands of Congress, which hasn't been at its most efficient lately.

“It's our No. 1 priority right now,” Goggin said. “We believe there's broad bipartisan support for renewal. Our main challenge is finding the right legislative vehicle for it.”

by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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