Duke Energy Renewables celebrated the grand opening of their 200MW Frontier wind energy project, located near Blackwell, Oklahoma.
The wind farm is composed of sixty-one Vestas V126 wind turbines each at 3.3MW capacity. It is the first wind energy project for Duke Energy in the state of Oklahoma and the first wind farm to use the largest Vestas blades in the US.
Keynote speaker, State Rep. John Pfeiffer said, “Wind energy is progressive and beneficial to the economy of Oklahoma. I’m grateful to companies like Duke Energy Renewables that are unlocking the potential of this important resource to the benefit of our state.”
President, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology, Rob Caldwell said, “The support of community leaders, landowners, vendors and our customer, City Utilities of Springfield, made a project of this scale possible,”
“After celebrating the success of the Frontier project, we are exploring the potential of bringing more wind power to Oklahoma.”
General Manager, City Utilities of Springfield, Scott Miller said, “The partnership that we have developed with Frontier and Duke is one that has helped to secure the foundation for Springfield’s energy demands of the future,”
“Changes in power generation sources have been very quick, and we’re excited to be able to offer this level of renewable resource to our customers at the same time we retire some of our older generation sources.”
Executive director of Blackwell Industrial Authority, John Robertson said, “Rarely does a project, by design, have a multigenerational economic impact on a region like Duke Energy Renewables’ Frontier wind farm,”
“Blackwell, Oklahoma, is fortunate to have been selected for their operations, assuring decades of high-tech jobs and investment in our rural location.”