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Wind Catcher – A $4.5 billion Catcher

Positive Future #89 (Feature photo – Large Blades for New Wind Turbines– CCA SA 2.0 Generic)

Not making news is the Wind Catcher Project in the panhandle of Oklahoma. However, it did make news recently when it was determined that over 75 percent of Oklahoman’s are in support of it.

Over an area of 300,000 acres, the installation of 800 GE wind turbines is underway. It is the largest ever wind project in the United States – second largest in the world.

At a cost of $4.5 billion, energy enough for 1.5 million homes, will be transmitted along a 350 mile transmission line to the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Construction started in 2016 and estimates are that it will be completed in 2020. Tulsa is the center of a metropolitan area of 1.1 million people.

Economically speaking, the project is estimated to support 8,400 jobs during construction, but only 80 permanent jobs upon completion. The project is expected to save Tulsa area ratepayers some $7 billion over the next 25 years.

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