Wind Catcher Energy Connection project enters its next phase of development with public input into the power line siting process in October. The project team will hold eleven open houses across northern and central Oklahoma between October 16 and 25 to obtain landowner and community input on preliminary study segments to help determine a final power line route.
Announced in July, Wind Catcher is a $4.5 billion project that will bring 2,000 megawatts (MW) of new energy to customers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.
The open house events are set up in a workshop format. There, attendees will be able to talk with project team members including project management, engineering, siting, outreach, and right-of-way representatives.
The Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project includes construction of a wind farm in northwestern Oklahoma, an approximately 350-mile power line and two new substations. The generation facilities will bring approximately $300 million to local communities through property taxes over the life of the project and provide a cost savings of more than $7 billion for PSO and SWEPCO customers.
Development of the line route began in summer 2017. The overall project is expected to deliver wind energy to customers by the end of 2020.