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Above: The combined cycle gas- fi red units are located near West- ern Farmers Electric Coopera- tive’s headquarters in Anadarko, Okla. They can provide up to 497 MW of electricity. WFEC members are primarily located in Oklahoma and New Mexico, with some service territories extending into portions of Texas and Kansas.


Left: For over 70 years, WFEC has provided electric generation for its member cooperatives. Lo- cated in northwestern Oklahoma, WFEC’s gas-fi red plant in Moore- land can produce up to 322 MW of electricity.


Photos by Mark Daugherty/WFEC


Environmental regulations impact Oklahoma By Sondra Boykin, WFEC


ostly regulations are rippling through the nation due to ongoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. In Oklahoma, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), an Anadar- ko-based generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative, has been dealing with more stringent EPA regulations for several years, with more to come in the future that have not yet been fi nalized, explained Gerald Butcher, WFEC’s environmental coordinator. WFEC is the power supplier for 19 of Oklahoma’s rural electric cooperatives, as well as four cooperatives in New Mexico.


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For example, the recent Regional Haze Rule, while not impacting WFEC’s coal plant in Hugo, did impact a portion of Anadarko’s gas-fi red units. The Hugo Power Plant was exempt from this regulation, but with Anadarko’s proximity to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, several million will be spent on the installation of dry low NOx burners at the Anadarko Plant site, Butcher noted. The Refuge is classifi ed as a Class I Wilderness Area. As a part of the Regional Haze Rule, every state must submit a plan to reduce haze to EPA in coordination with the National Parks Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service. The long-term goal is to achieve natural visibility levels in Class I areas by 2064. As EPA rules continue to become more stringent, the costs of providing power will be affected. However, until some of the regulations are fi nalized, the potential impacts are uncertain.


NRECA, along with cooperative representatives from across the country, are keeping a close eye on EPA rulings, and urging them to carefully evalu- ate the potential negative impacts on consumers in the future. OL


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