The second largest wind farm in the world is being built in Oklahoma
An 800-turbine wind farm is being constructed near Guymon, in Oklahoma’s panhandle.
The farm, dubbed the Wind Catcher Energy Connection facility, is expected to supply more than 1.1mn customers across four different states.
The $4.5bn project be the largest wind farm in the US, and the second largest farm in the world.
Over the last three years, the state has more than doubled its wind power capacity, making it the third largest capacitator in the country.
Currently, 25% of all electricity consumed in Oklahoma is generated from wind power.
“The windcatcher project, just northwest of Guymon, is looking to install 800 wind turbines,” commented Mark Yates, Oklahoma Director of the Wind Collation.
The 2GW project is being developed by Chicago-based Invenergy and General Electric, and should be online by 2020.
The construction project features a 350-mile-long 765kV power line – built by American Electric Power (AEP) – that will connect the wind farm to a substation in the north of Tulsa.
The power line intends to distribute electricity to subsidiaries Public Service Co. and South Western Electric Power Co.
The subsidiaries will feed energy to four states: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.