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Wed November 25, 2009

The Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plain

Oklahoma City, OK – Regulators to take up wind farm plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is considering final approval of the University of Oklahoma's plan to power its Norman campus entirely by wind.

The plan has been agreed to by officials at OU, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., the attorney general's office and other groups. The three-member commission is scheduled to consider a final order on Wednesday.

OU announced last year it would purchase wind-generated power from OG&E, which plans to build a commercial-scale wind farm near Woodward in northwestern Oklahoma.

Officials say OG&E will provide increasing amounts of wind power to the campus, particularly after what will be named the "OU Spirit" wind farm begins production in 2010. Currently, about 10 percent of OU's power is generated by wind.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.