A Renewable Energy Giga-project
Oklahoma's panhandle has some of the best wind in America but is hundreds of miles from larger cities and communities that can benefit from low-cost, clean energy. Wind Catcher Energy Connection is a $4.5 billion infrastructure investment that will bring Oklahoma wind power to more than 1.1 million energy customers in the South Central U.S.
The Wind Catcher facility, developed by Invenergy, will be the largest wind farm in America and the second-largest in the world, once operational. The 2,000-megawatt facility will generate power from 800 state-of-the-art GE 2.5 megawatt turbines. Construction of the wind farm and transmission line will create 4,000 direct, family-sustaining jobs for workers and support the creation of additional 4,400 jobs, as well as supporting 80 permanent, full-time operations jobs. Construction began in 2016, and operations are expected to begin in mid-2020.
Connecting To Clean Energy
The Wind Catcher Energy Connection also includes a power line delivering clean energy to Public Service Co. of Oklahoma and Southwestern Electric Power Co. customers across Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. The Wind Catcher power line, an approximately 350-mile, dedicated, extra-high voltage line, will connect a substation at the wind farm with a substation near Tulsa to deliver power across the region.