Another Tradewind-Developed Project Moving Forward

Enel Green Power North America Inc. has started construction on a 108-megawatt wind farm in Grady County, bringing to seven the number of projects the company has in Oklahoma.

Enel’s Drift Sand project is expected to be finished by the end of the year. The electricity will go to Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. under a long-term power-purchase agreement.

“With the start of yet another construction site, we continue to solidify our company’s ongoing investment in the U.S.,” said Francesco Venturini, CEO and general manager of Enel Green Power. “Looking to the future, EGP is well-positioned to be a leading player in the ongoing growth in the renewable energy market in the U.S.”

Enel, whose first Oklahoma project was finished at the end of 2012, is now the state’s second-largest wind farm operator, with 958 megawatts across six projects. Once it’s finished, the $180 million Drift Sand wind farm will push the company to 1,066 megawatts of capacity in Oklahoma.

The Drift Sand project is the second Enel wind farm in Oklahoma for Arkansas Electric Cooperative, which provides electricity to more than 500,000 customers at local distribution co-ops in Arkansas. Electricity from Enel’s 150-megawatt Origin wind farm also goes to Arkansas Electric Cooperative. The Origin wind farm came online in November 2014.

Enel last year finished three wind farms: the 150-megawatt Osage Wind project; the 200-megawatt Goodwell wind farm in Texas County; and the 74-megawatt Little Elk wind farm in Kiowa and Washita counties.

Enel Green Power North America, a unit of Italy’s Enel S.p.A., has more than 70 employees at its six Oklahoma wind farms.

Article by: Paul Monies, The Oklahoman
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