August 6, 2019: Western Farmers Electric Cooperative — a cooperative utility operating mostly in the US states of Oklahoma and New Mexico — announced in July it had agreed a power purchase agreement with NextEra Energy Resources for a combined wind, solar and energy storage project.
“With the price of wind and solar energy lower than ever, we are now able to pair it with battery storage to make more affordable renewable energy available to customers for more hours of the day,” said Gary Roulet, CEO of WFEC.
The 700MW Oklahoma project includes:
A 250MW Skeleton Creek Wind project, which is expected to begin operations by the end of this year
A 250MW Skeleton Creek Solar project, which should be operating by the end of 2023
A 200MW, four-hour battery storage project, which will begin operations by the end of 2023.
“Pairing renewable energy with battery storage presents a tremendous advantage for Western Farmers and its customers,” said John Ketchum, president and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources.
WFEC is a generation and transmission cooperative that provides electricity to 21-member cooperatives, Altus Air Force Base and other power users. These members are located primarily in Oklahoma and New Mexico, with some service territories extending into portions of Texas and Kansas.