Duke Energy Renewables to build Oklahoma wind farm

Duke Energy’s renewable energy unit says it will build a 200-megawatt wind farm in Oklahoma.

Duke Energy Renewables will build, own and operate the Frontier Windpower Project east of Blackwell, Okla. It will be Duke’s first such project in the state and will increase Duke’s U.S. wind capacity to more than 2,000 megawatts.

The project’s power will be sold to City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., under a 22-year agreement. The wind farm is expected to begin operating by the end of 2016.

Vestas, which has worked on many of Duke’s Texas wind projects, will supply the 61 turbines for the project. Amshore US Wind provided development support and Wanzek Construction will build it.

Duke Renewables has 17 commercial wind farms and 34 solar farms in 12 states.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender