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City of Stillwater celebrates grand opening of Stillwater Energy Center

Released:Sep 16, 2016


(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Sept. 16, 2016) – The City of Stillwater invites residents to celebrate the grand opening of the Stillwater Energy Center (SEC), the most efficient simple-cycle power plant in Oklahoma, Tuesday, Sept. 27. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. at 2000 E. Airport Road.
The grand opening highlights the City’s 115-year commitment to providing affordable public power. Electric customers will benefit from high power reliability and environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art technologies that produce minimal emissions and adapt to future advancements in the renewable energy market.
“This is the first power plant in the internal United States to use Wartsila engines, which are the largest natural gas-fired reciprocating engines in the world” Electric Utility Director Loren Smith said. “The City is dedicated to providing forward-thinking, innovative services to our residents, which is why we invested in these engines to ensure they would be compatible with new technology in the years to come.”
With the construction of the SEC, the City is also taking proactive steps to provide clean energy to its customers, supporting the national effort to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of coal and fuel oil for energy production.
The public is invited to attend the grand opening festivities. Attendees are asked to RSVP for the event online at  
The event will also be streamed via Facebook Live on the City of Stillwater’s Facebook page at
About the Stillwater Energy Center

Following a resource feasibility evaluation in 2012, Stillwater Utilities Authority (SUA) authorized staff to begin construction of a 56 megawatt high-efficiency, quick-start natural gas-fired power plant at 2000 E. Airport Road. It will replace the 1950s Boomer Lake Power Generation Station. The estimated project cost is just under $70 million.

In August 2013, the SUA Trustees approved a power purchase and sale agreement with the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) that has an approximate 29-year term. The new generation resources will be owned and operated by the City, and GRDA will pay a capacity payment to SUA.

The City celebrated the SEC groundbreaking in July 2015. The project includes the construction of a power generation building with three 25,000 horsepower natural gas-fired reciprocating engines capable of producing a total output of 56 megawatts of electricity, an operations and administration complex, including a centralized control room, administration offices and maintenance facilities, and a new electrical transmission and distribution substation.

Stillwater Electric Utility is the largest municipal generator and transmission utility and the second largest municipally owned electric utility in the state. The City of Stillwater has owned its own electric utility since 1901 and has owned its generation since 1903. 

For more information about the SEC, go to

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