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OGE Energy Corp. Joins the Blue Skyways Collaborative
Release Date: 04/21/2008
Contact Information: Contact Kathryn Burke at 405-378-7377 or Dave Bary at 214-665-2200
Company’s wind farm project to cut over 372,000 tons of air emissions
(Dallas, Texas -- April 21, 2008) OGE Energy Corp. is partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Blue Skyways Collaborative to reduce air pollution in Oklahoma and the central United States.
The Oklahoma City energy company joined the collaborative based on its Centennial Wind Farm project, which involved the construction of a 120-megawatt, wind-powered electric generation facility in Fort Supply, Oklahoma. Each year, the $205 million facility is expected to offset air emissions by approximately 643 tons of nitrous oxides, 371,068 tons of carbon dioxide, and 752 tons of sulfur dioxide.
“Wind power delivers both environmental and energy benefits,” said EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene. “We’re pleased to welcome OGE Energy to the growing list of Blue Skyways partners and look forward to many more clean energy projects that support cleaner air.”
The Blue Skyways Collaborative develops public-private partnerships to reduce air pollution in North America's central corridor. With its 154 partners, the collaborative is implementing about $510 million in projects that use innovations in diesel engines, alternative fuels and renewable energy technologies to reduce air emissions along major transportation corridors. These innovations save 36 million gallons of fuel per year, cut 1.30 million tons per year in greenhouse gases and reduce toxic air pollutants by 44,308 tons per year.
The collaborative comprises ten states - Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas - and the areas along the borders with Mexico and Canada.
More information about the Blue Skyways Collaborative is available at http://www.blueskyways.org/.