Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) are embarking on an unprecedented $4.5 billion renewable energy project to bring 2,000 megawatts (MW) of new wind energy to customers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. The Wind Catcher Energy Connection project is expected to bring approximately $300 million to local communities in property taxes over the life of the project and provide a cost savings of $7 billion over 25 years for customers. The project will support approximately 4,000 direct and 4,400 indirect jobs annually during construction and 80 permanent jobs once operational.
The project includes acquiring a wind farm from Invenergy that is currently under construction in the Oklahoma Panhandle and building approximately 360-miles of dedicated extra high-voltage 765 kilovolt (kV) power line to connect two new substations, one located at the wind facility and a second near Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Development of the line route began in the summer of 2017. The overall project is expected to deliver wind energy to customers by the end of 2020.