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Commercial Operation Begins for Rocky Ridge Wind Project


by Sondra Boykin W


hile the wind keeps “sweepin’ down the plain” in Oklahoma, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), OEC's power supplier,


 from a fourth wind farm, which began commercial operation in late June. Enel Green Power, through its US subsidiary Enel


Green Power North America Inc. (EGP NA), has started operations at the Rocky Ridge Wind Project, located in Kiowa and Washita counties, near the towns of Hobart, Rocky and Gotebo, Okla. This new wind development has a total installed


nameplate capacity of about 150 megawatts (MW) with the potential to produce enough power to  Electric turbines of 1.6 MW each, Rocky Ridge spreads over 18,000 acres of land leased from 75 owners. The wind farm created some 150 jobs during


construction, and now that it is fully operational, about 10 for plant management and maintenance. The Rocky Ridge site represents the fourth


wind farm development that is a part of an ongoing commitment to diversify the WFEC’s portfolio of generation sources. WFEC is purchasing the output of these four projects, which have a 366 MW nameplate rating, through long-term power purchase agreements. With the latest purchase, the energy output from these  WFEC’s annual wholesale energy. “Wind is an important part of WFEC’s diverse


Photo by Mark Daugherty, WFEC. 8


 commitment to renewable energy, as well as enabling the ability to reduce fossil fuel emissions,” commented WFEC CEO Gary Roulet. Meeting the needs of 23 distribution cooperatives (of which OEC is the largest) and Altus Air Force Base, in addition to playing an active role in technological advances aimed at reducing carbon, are essential in meeting future WFEC goals, Roulet added.


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