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Duke Energy to build 200MW wind project in US

CTBR Staff Writer Published 04 December 2015

Duke Energy Renewables is to build the 200MW Frontier Windpower project in the US state of Oklahoma.

To be developed in Kay County to the east of Blackwell, the project increases Duke Energy Renewables' wind power portfolio in the country to over 2GW.

The wind power project will employ 61 units of Vestas' V126-3.3 MW wind turbine models.

Vestas US and Canada sales and service president Chris Brown said: "By choosing the V126-3.3 MW turbine for the Frontier wind site, the order also showcases our product portfolio's great flexibility across all wind sites, as the model provides highly competitive cost of energy in a traditional 2-MW turbine market."

Expected to become operational in 2016, the wind farm will be capable of supplying clean electricity to close to 60,000 US households.

City Utilities of Springfield in Missouri will purchase energy produced at the facility, under a 22-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Duke Energy commercial portfolio president Greg Wolf said: "We're investing heavily in renewable energy, and surpassing 2,000MW of wind power is a significant accomplishment for our company.

"The facility will help City Utilities meet its renewable energy goals while creating economic development opportunities for Kay County."

Wanzek Construction will be responsible for setting up the project for which Amshore US Wind will offer development support.

Construction works for the development are expected to speed up in the first quarter of 2016 in order to keep up with its scheduled commissioning date.