Gulf Power is expanding its wind energy output.
The company filed a petition Monday asking the Florida Public Service Commission to approve adding 94 megawatts of wind energy from the Kingfisher Wind farm in Oklahoma.
The diversification of the energy sources that Northwest Florida customers use to power their homes means less price fluctuations as a result of natural disasters like hurricanes or extreme heat or cold.
"I for one dont want us to forget that those price spikes can happen," said Stan W. Connally Jr., Gulf Power chairman, president and CEO. "Our customers are happiest when the price of our product is stable. A balanced portfolio with diverse fuels is our way of doing that."
The original Kingfisher Wind project went online in January and has been producing 178 megawatts of wind-generated energy. Gulf Power is seeking approval of a second agreement of that wind project that would add 94 megawatts of wind energy to its energy mix, for a total of 272 megawatts.
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