A petroleum consulting firm is the first to propose large scale wind projects in Oklahoma, a state that has the eighth best potential for wind energy in the US. Chermac Energy says it will build two projects in Harper County by the end of 2004 at a cost of about $120 million. Based in Edmond, Oklahoma, the company says its 96 MW Sleeping Bear project will begin producing power by September 2002 and construction will follow on the smaller 25.5 MW South Buffalo project. Both are due for full completion by December 2004. Jaime Lyle McAlpine, president of Chermac, says, "Wind is a natural by-product of Oklahoma's geographical location, just as oil, gas and coal are. Being a renewable and safe long term energy source makes it even more attractive." He says Chermac wants to develop as much as 500 MW of wind over the next five years. Chermac plans to install 1.5 MW turbines at the two sites. McAlpine was unavailable to confirm the supplier.
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