Wind Catcher Energy Connection

Wind Catcher Energy Connection is a major wind farm and a dedicated power line project to bring low-cost, clean energy to SWEPCO customers.

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Project Fact Sheet

The project includes

  • Purchase of a 2,000-megawatt wind farm under construction in the Oklahoma Panhandle, and
  • Construction of a dedicated power line that will carry the wind energy to the Tulsa area, where the existing grid will deliver it to SWEPCO customers.
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Project benefits

  • Wind Catcher will save SWEPCO customers more than $4 billion over the 25-year life of the wind farm, compared to the projected costs of buying power on the open market.
  • Customers will see savings primarily through a reduction in the fuel portion of their bills, beginning in 2021
  • Wind Catcher will help companies, universities, cities and other customers meet their sustainability and renewable energy goals.

What makes the savings possible

  • No fuel costs for wind
  • Full value of the Federal Production Tax Credit for production from new wind generation projects
  • The efficient delivery of the wind generation through the new dedicated power line

Our changing resource mix

  • When the project is complete, SWEPCO will provide 26% of its energy from renewable resources, up from 8% today.

Economic benefits

  • Lower electricity prices drive economic growth.
  • Key components of the wind turbines – blades, turbines and generator frames – will be manufactured in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.

More about Wind Catcher

  • SWEPCO will own 70% of the $4.5 billion project, and its sister company, Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), will own 30%.
  • SWEPCO will own 1,400 megawatts of the wind farm’s 2,000-MW capacity.
  • The project will deliver an estimated 6 million megawatt-hours of wind energy annually to SWEPCO customers.
  • Subject to approval by the utility commissions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, along with the Federal Regulatory Commission.