152 MW Keenan II Wind Farm Complete

Not long ago, we reported that ITOCHU and GE were working together on a little something in the way of wind-power in America’s heartland. It would appear that these global renewable energy forces were not working alone, but in conjunction with  CPV Renewable Energy Company–an affiliate of Competitive Power Ventures, Inc.–which recently announced the completion of the 152 megawatt (MW) Keenan II wind farm, 12 miles southwest of Woodward, Oklahoma.

Keenan II represents Phase II of a massive multi-phase wind farm over 8,000 acres with a total build-out potential exceeding 350 MW. Co-owned by GE Energy Financial Services and Tyr Keenan II, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation, electricity generated by Keenan II will benefit around 45,000 Oklahoma homes served by Oklahoma Gas & Electric, which CPV has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Wind Farms

image via ITOCHU

Phase II of the project consists of 66 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines expected to avoid approximately 413,000 tons a year in greenhouse gas emissions (the equivalent of taking nearly 72,000 cars off the road). CPV is also currently developing wind projects in Kansas and North Dakota.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.