The Florida Public Service Commission has granted approval to Gulf Power, a US-based electric utility company, to add an additional 94MW of wind energy from the Kingfisher Wind farm in Oklahoma.

The approval to add more wind will boost Gulf Power’s goals to further diversify its energy mix.

The addition will allow the company’s original Kingfisher Wind project to produce a 272MW of wind-generated energy. Since this January, the project has produced 178MW of wind-generated energy.

Gulf Power spokesperson Rick DelaHaya said: “This is a major step forward in our mission to deliver reliable, affordable, and clean energy with renewable energy that makes economic sense for our customers.

“Part of our commitment to an efficient and reliable energy future means making more renewable sources of energy accessible to our customers. These smart renewables, like Kingfisher Wind, can actually put downward pressure on prices.”

The Kingfisher Wind project features 136 wind turbines, and is capable of generating electricity that will be sufficient to power approximately 77,150 homes annually.

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"Adding alternate sources of renewable energy to our portfolio is important for our customers and takes careful planning."

DelaHaya further added: “Adding alternate sources of renewable energy to our portfolio is important for our customers and takes careful planning.”

“By diversifying our energy supply with an ‘all-of-the-above’ approach that includes renewable energy plus 24/7 traditional sources, our customers can count on us for their energy needs today and well into the future.”

Renewable energy sources are anticipated to make up approximately 9% of Gulf Power’s energy mix.

In December 2015, Gulf Power joined forces with the US Navy and the US Air Force to construct three large-scale solar electric-generating facilities across Northwest Florida.

These facilities will have approximately 1.5 million solar panels generating up to 120MW of electricity.

Image: Gulf Power secures approval for adding 94MW of wind energy. Photo: courtesy of Gulf Power.