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AEP-PSO Improves Wind Power Deal for Customers

02.15.14

AEP-PSO improves wind power deal for customers

AEP-PSO makes the WindChoice program more flexible and cuts its cost by 40 percent.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:00 am

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Updated: 7:29 am, Sat Feb 15, 2014.

On Friday, American Electric Power-Public Service Co. of Oklahoma announced that it has reduced the extra cost of its WindChoice program by more than 40 percent — to a surcharge of $1 per 100 kilowatt-hour block — and also is offering customers more flexibility on the amount of wind energy they purchase.

 

The utility started offering WindChoice in March 2011. Originally, customers could purchase WindChoice in 100 kilowatt-hour blocks at $1.72 per block.

With the voluntary program, customers may choose how much of their energy usage is supplied by Oklahoma-produced wind power. They may purchase part or all of their monthly electricity in 100 kilowatt-hour blocks or as a percentage of their total monthly billed usage.

A typical PSO residential customer could subscribe almost half of their usage for just an extra $5 a month, company officials said.

WindChoice is available to AEP-PSO's residential, commercial and industrial customers, including municipalities, governmental organizations, school districts and educational institutions. The program currently has 623 customers signed up.

"By providing a lower price and greater flexibility, we're making it easier than ever for our customers to take advantage of and promote the tremendous energy resource that is our Oklahoma wind," said Bobby Mouser, AEP-PSO's director of customer services and marketing.

The electricity generated for the WindChoice program comes from the Minco Wind Farm, a 99-megawatt facility in western Oklahoma.

Earlier this month, AEP-PSO announced it had gained unanimous approval from state regulators for three long-term wind power contracts that could reduce costs for customers by $53 million in the first year alone.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission approved the utility's cost recovery plan for the 20-year contracts, which involve wind farms in western Oklahoma.

The contracts, signed in October, will provide AEP-PSO with nearly 600 megawatts of power, which is enough for more than 120,000 homes, to be generated from wind farms near Seiling, Balko and Goodwell starting Jan. 1, 2016.

Eligible residential customers can sign up online for WindChoice at PSOklahoma.com/WindChoice or by calling 1-888-216-3523.

Laurie Winslow 918-581-8466

 

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