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“It is our primary purpose to keep focused


on providing our member cooperatives and their consumers with a reliable and affordable supply of electricity. This is why WFEC strives to have a   Roulet. “WFEC has been a leader in utility scale wind


 power purchase agreement with a wind farm developer back in 2003,” commented Brian Hobbs, vice president, legal and corporate services. “We have had a good working relationship with TradeWind Energy (the project developer) and Enel Green Power through the development of this site and are pleased to add the  Hobbs pointed out. “With Rocky Ridge, Enel Green Power continues


its solid growth in the United States, which has one of the most open and competitive markets in the world,” stated Enel Green Power CEO Francesco Starace. “Such an achievement demonstrates our consolidated  with satisfactory returns.” WFEC receives all of the energy produced by the


Blue Canyon Wind Farm (Phase 1), located in the Slick Hills area, northwest of Lawton. With a nameplate capacity of 74.25 MW, this wind farm began delivery of energy in December of 2003 and consists of 45 1.65 MW wind turbines that have the capability of providing energy equal to that used by more than 20,000 homes each year. In December 2008, the Buffalo Bear wind project,


with a nameplate rating of 18.9 MW, began commercial operation. WFEC is purchasing all of the output from this facility as well. Located near Fort Supply (Harper County), in northwest Oklahoma, this project consists of nine 2.1 MW wind turbines and will generate energy equal to that used by over 5,000 homes each year. WFEC added a nameplate rating of 123 MW of


wind power in June 2009 through a purchase from the Red Hills Wind Farm, near Elk City, in Roger Mills and Custer counties in western Oklahoma. It consists of 82 Acciona Windpower 1.5 MW wind turbines and will generate energy equal to that used by over 40,000 homes each year. The Red Hills facility is spread across 5,000 acres of mostly grass land.


WFEC does not currently retain or retire all of


the environmental attributes with these wind power purchases. A portion of the Renewable Energy Credits (REC) produced by these wind generating facilities are sold on a retail basis to WFEC cooperative members through the WindWorks program, with the remaining RECs sold at the wholesale level to third parties. OEC members wanting to contribute to this


renewable power generation initiative can purchase RECs at 50 cents per 100 kWh. More information can be found at www.okcoop.org under the Services tab or contact Jack Ferrell, manager of member services, at 405-217-6703 or e-mail jferrell@okcoop.org.


Sondra Boykin is the communications coordinator for WFEC and editor of EnerCom, its quarterly newsletter for member distribution  industry credential administered by NRECA.


The Rocky Ridge Wind Project, located in Kiowa and Washita counties, has 93 GE turbines on its 18,000 acres. Each turbine has the capability to produce 1.6 MW.


Photo by Mark Daugherty, WFEC.


OEC News Magazine | October 2012


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