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City of Bixby, PSO reach agreement on Wind Catcher Project

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Posted at 3:59 PM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 16:59:53-04

The City of Bixby and PSO reached a mutual agreement in the Wind Catcher Project.

The Wind Catcher will bring electricity generated by wind turbines in the panhandle to Green Country.

In a statement, city officials and PSO agreed that no 765 kV transmission lines will be placed in the City of Bixby or its fence line.

"The Joint Stipulation Agreement PSO and the City of Bixby entered into states that no 765 kV transmission lines will be placed in the City of Bixby or its fence line. Instead, PSO proposes to rebuild and upgrade the current 345 kV segment line into a double circuit 345 kV line utilizing a new BOLD technology (Breakthrough Overhead Line Design). The transmission corridor expansion for this new design will not exceed 30 feet total beyond current rights-of-way. The agreement also states that Wind Catcher Project will be connected to the electrical grid at PSO’s current Riverside substation. The agreement makes clear that the new route and connection methods eliminate the need for a new substation to be built in the City of Bixby and its fence line."

- City of Bixby officials in statement

Last month some Bixby residents successfully petitioned PSO to not build a new substation for the project.

This new plan will use an existing system running through the southern part of Bixby.

Some people feared it would cause major problems and impact the towns property value.