Invenergy and GE Renewable Energy have completed the Traverse Energy Center, the largest of three wind projects in Oklahoma collectively known as the North Central Energy Facilities.
The 998 MW Traverse project is considered the largest wind farm constructed in a single phase in North America. It joins the already operational 199 MW Sundance Wind Energy Center and the 287 MW Maverick Wind Energy Center as the last of three projects developed by Invenergy for American Electric Power (AEP).
Traverse is providing power to customers in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. As part of a recent one-on-one interview with Clarion Energy, AEP President and CEO Nick Akins talked about the latest addition:
Traverse is now operational and powered by 356 of GE’s 2 MW turbines. GE’s platform is a three-blade, upwind, horizontal axis wind turbine with a rotor diameter of either 116, 127 or 132 meters, operates at a variable speed and uses a doubly fed induction generator with a partial power converter system.
The North Central Energy Facilities collectively are powered by 531 GE turbines.
Invenergy will provide operations and maintenance, balance of plant, energy management and asset management services under a ten-year agreement. The company said it now manages close to 13 GW of sustainable energy projects globally.
AEP has a goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and an interim goal of cutting emissions 80% from 2000 levels by 2030. Integral to AEP’s goal is adding approximately 16,000 MW of wind and solar by the end of the decade.
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