Construction Begins on Oklahoma’s Newest Wind Farm

April 21, 2009

‘OU Spirit’ facility will help the University of Oklahoma meet renewable goal

WOODWARD, Okla., April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Representatives from Oklahoma Gas and Electric and the University of Oklahoma today broke ground on Oklahoma’s newest wind farm. The start of the 101 megawatt “OU Spirit” project marks an important milestone in OU’s commitment to using 100 percent renewable energy by 2013.

OG&E already provides its customers with 170 MW of wind power – 50 MW from the Sooner Wind Farm, which began operations in 2003, and 120 MW from the Centennial Wind Farm, commissioned in 2007. All three wind farms are in northwestern Oklahoma near Woodward. OG&E plans to add about 700 MW of wind power to its system in the next few years, including the 101 MW from OU Spirit.

“OG&E shares OU’s long-term commitment to developing Oklahoma’s resources,” said Pete Delaney, OG&E’s president, chairman and CEO. “Working with state officials and public and private partners, our plan is to make Oklahoma a national leader in renewable energy for the benefit of all of our customers.”

Last September, in an agreement that marked one of the largest renewable energy commitments ever by a public university, OG&E and OU outlined a plan for OU’s Norman campus to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2013. Construction of OU Spirit is a significant part of that agreement.

OU Spirit will feature 44 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. Following foundation work this spring, turbines will be assembled at the site beginning in August.

The new wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to serve about 25,000 homes after it is commissioned for operation in early 2010.

OG&E, a regulated electric utility with more than 770,000 customers in a service area spanning 30,000 square miles in Oklahoma and western Arkansas, is a subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE), which also is the parent of Enogex LLC, a midstream natural gas pipeline business with principal operations in Oklahoma.

SOURCE OGE Energy Corp.

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