KREMLIN – A community meeting about the Wind Catcher Energy Connection project is being held Tuesday in Kremlin.
The meeting is open to anyone in the community, including landowners who will be affected by the project or anyone with questions.
At the meeting, concerns about the project will be discussed and community members will have the chance to discuss and formulate questions to ask Wind Catcher officials at the open house event in Enid on Wednesday.
The gathering is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Kremlin Community Center.
Wind Catcher Energy Connection, a joint effort between Public Service Co. of Oklahoma and Southwestern Electric Power Co., is a $4.5 billion project that involves building a wind farm in Oklahoma, a 350-mile power line and two substations.
The wind farm, to be built on 300,000 acres in Cimarron and Texas counties in the Panhandle, will include about 800 2.5 MW wind turbines. A power line will stretch from there to Tulsa, bringing 2,000 megawatts of energy to customers in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma, in addition to parts of Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.
On Jan. 3, PSO announced the power line’s path, which follows a more northerly route among the numerous lines considered. In addition, three areas of the line were identified where public input is sought, before the route is fully finalized. One of those “study segments” is located north of Enid. An open house for public input is slated for 4-7 p.m. Wednesday in the grand ballroom at Central National Bank Center, 301 S. Independence.
The open house will be set up in a workshop format, where attendees can talk with project team members, review detailed maps and provide input, according to the company. Electrical planners, engineers, routing experts, right-of-way agents and construction representatives will be present to answer questions from attendees, who can come and go since there will be no formal presentation.
For more information on the project, visit http://www.windcatcherenergy.com/.
The company filed for approval at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission essentially asking for permission to start construction on the project, and expects to get a decision from the commission by about April 1.
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