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Big Oklahoma project just waiting for the PTC's return

FPL Energy says it is ready to build its second large wind project in Oklahoma this year, but only if the US Congress extends the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind power generators in time. "If we get the PTC in the near future, we'll get this project done and there could be others out there as well," says FPL's Steven Stengel, but he is not sure that FPL can reach its previously stated 2004 goal of 400 MW with such a long delay to the tax credit extension. The company will begin breaking ground on the 106.5 MW Weatherford Wind Energy Center in western Oklahoma's Custer County using 71 GE Energy1.5 MW turbines as soon as the PTC is in place. Public Service Company of Oklahoma, owned by American Electric Power, will buy the project's output. The Weatherford facility will just exceed the size of FPL's 102 MW Oklahoma Wind Energy Facility, completed in 2003 with GE 1.5 MW turbines in the north-western reaches of the state (Windpower Monthly, January 2004).

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