Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) hosted 11 community open houses across northern and central Oklahoma to collect valuable landowner and community input on preliminary study segments to help determine a power line route for the Wind Catcher Energy Connection.
However, many residents of Sperry were unaware of the open house held Wednesday, October 25 at The Lodge at Brindle Creek, and are upset with PSO for not publicizing the meeting more efficiently.
“Talking with people in the community about our project is important,” said John Harper, PSO vice president of External Affairs. “It helps us learn information that allows us make better routing decisions, and it gives us a chance to answer questions the community may have.”
The open house events were set up in a workshop format. There is a virtual open house still available online at http://www.windcatcherenergy.com/open-house.php to review information about the project. There were electrical planners, engineers, routing experts, and right-of-way and construction representatives available for questions at the open house. While those experts are not available at the virtual open house, there is a contact page to submit questions or concerns.
Display boards and materials presented at the open houses are available at the virtual open house as is all information presented to attendees of the open house. The project would
Announced in July, the $4.5 billion project includes acquiring a wind farm in northwestern Oklahoma, an approximately 350-mile power line and two new substations. PSO states, “The generation facilities will bring approximately $300 million to local communities through property taxes over the next 25 years and provide a cost savings of more than $2 billion for PSO customers. PSO and its sister company, Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), will partner on the project.”
If you have questions or concerns about the project, contact PSO .