By Cameron Chai
The Taloga wind energy plant in Dewey County, Oklahoma, U.S. has been officially dedicated by Edison Mission Group (EMG), a developer of wind energy projects. The facility is installed with 54 units of Mitsubishi’s turbines, each having a 2.4 MW energy generation capacity.
The total production capacity of the facility is approximately 130 MW of electricity, which is sufficient to power nearly 35,000 homes. The Taloga plant has been interconnected to the grid and delivers energy to the Southwest Power Pool electric energy network.
Under a power purchase agreement (PPA) for 20 years, Taloga Wind will be supplying the entire amount of the generated power to the clients of Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E). OG&E is an organization that dedicated to expand the renewable energy portfolio in the state. A $250 million investment has been made for the project in Dewey County. The plant has started commercial operations in 2011.
In addition to Taloga Wind, EMG has worked on two other wind projects in Oklahoma: the 95-MW Sleeping Bear project and the 19-MW Buffalo Bear wind facility. The company has planned to further develop the wind projects in the state. It is currently looking for potential sites to expand the Taloga Wind project and to add new projects.
The President of EMG, Pedro Pizarro, remarked that Oklahoma is an important state for their wind energy projects, as it has exceptional economic climate and wind resources. Jesse Langston, VP of OG&E’s Retail Energy, noted that the Taloga wind energy generation facility currently supplies 10% of the required annual electricity to the company’s customers.