Gulf Power is seeking to further diversify its energy mix by adding more wind. Today, the company filed a petition asking the Florida Public Service Commission to approve adding 94 megawatts of wind energy from the Kingfisher Wind farm in Oklahoma.
Gulf Power is already a leading purchaser of wind generation among Florida utilities. Since January of this year, Gulf Power’s original Kingfisher Wind project has been producing 178 megawatts of wind-generated energy. The energy company is seeking approval of a second agreement involving the Kingfisher Wind project that would add an additional 94 megawatts of wind energy to its energy mix, for a total of 272 megawatts.
“Gulf Power is committed to renewable energy that makes economic sense for our customers,” said Rick DelaHaya, Gulf Power spokesperson. “Our renewables team worked very hard to make these projects affordable. These smart renewables, like Kingfisher Wind, can actually put downward pressure on prices.”
Located in Oklahoma, the Kingfisher Wind project has a total of 136 wind turbines capable of producing enough energy to power approximately 77,150 homes for a year.
“Adding alternate sources of renewable energy to our portfolio is important for our customers and takes careful planning,” added DelaHaya. “By diversifying our energy supply with an ‘all of the above’ approach that includes renewable energy, our customers can count on us for their energy needs today and well into the future.”
If the additional 94 megawatts are approved by the FPSC, and once construction of Gulf Power’s military solar projects are complete, renewable energy sources are projected to be approximately 9 percent of the company’s energy mix, helping to diversify the power supply. Kingfisher is the energy company’s sixth renewable energy project following the Perdido Landfill Gas-to-Energy Facility, which has produced more than 100 million kilowatt hours of electricity since 2010.
Gulf Power is also bringing large-scale solar to Northwest Florida at three military solar energy projects across Northwest Florida. Located at Eglin AFB (Air Force), Saufley Field (Navy) and Holley Field (Navy), the projects are expected to provide approximately 30MW, 50MW and 40MW of renewable energy respectively.