The biggest and newest of three wind turbines at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming faces the wind coming across the high plains and push against the clouds that later brought dropped a few inches of snow on the base and surrounding city of Cheyenne on April 6, 2010. The larger wind turbine was completed and online early in 2009 and is rated at 2 mega watts of electrical energy that goes directly into the base power grid. The other two produces a combined output of 1.3MW. From most points on the base the wind turbines can be seen. At its base the blades make a low whoosh sound. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lance Cheung)

Wind farm project most likely to result in higher utility bills in Minden

With its recent support from the Louisiana Public Service Commission, it would appear as if Wind Catcher Energy Connection, a program facilitated by Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), will gain all the necessary approvals to move forward.

However, it also could mean higher electric rates in Minden, at least initially.

Wind Catcher Energy Connection is a major wind farm and a dedicated power line that will bring energy to AEP/SWEPCO customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.

To pay for the $4.5 billion project, “SWEPCO will follow the traditional utility model


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