Announced back in July of 2017, the 2 gigawatt (GW) Wind Catcher wind farm is set to become the world’s second largest, and the United States’ largest onshore wind farm, once completed. It is being jointly developed by Invenergy and GE Renewable Energy with a $4.5 billion investment from American Electric Power. The project will consist of 800 GE 2.5 megawatt wind turbines and eventually link 1.1 million South Central US customers across a network with clean wind energy.
And, according to a new study conducted by SoonerPoll, Oklahoma’s only independent, non-partisan public opinion pollster, an overwhelming majority of 75.5% of Oklahomans support the project. Of that support, 45% “strongly supported” the project and 30.5% “somewhat supported” it.
The poll showed that support for Wind Catcher was spread broadly across all ages, geographical location, political parties and ideological viewpoints, and both men and women. Support also existed both inside and out of the Public Service of Oklahoma (PSO) service area which will primarily benefit from the renewable energy.
Further, the poll showed that 78% of Oklahomans support the development of more wind and other renewable energy sources across Oklahoma, a vitally important figure for Oklahoma’s renewable energy industry.