Arkansas Commission Approves Wind Catcher

May 9, 2018


Arkansas’ utilities regulator has given the go-ahead for an ambitious wind farm that will supply electricity to Texas and three other states.

The Wind Catcher Energy Connection project is a $4.5 billion 2 mW project developed by Invenergy under construction on 300,000 acres the Oklahoma panhandle, which the Arkansas Public Service Commission, after some debate, decided on Tuesday is in the public interest.

The project will be 70% owned by Southwestern Electric Public Service and 30% by its sister company, Public Service of Oklahoma (PSO).

The wind farm has a dedicated 350-mile power line that will bring electricity to Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma as well as Arkansas.

Now, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission will have to decide whether to allow PSO to charge customers to pay for a portion of the project’s costs up to $1.36 billion, and regulators in Texas and Louisiana as well as the FERC will have to give the okay.

When completed, Wind Catcher will likely be the largest one-site wind farm in the US.