Acciona Oklahoma project goes online with newly christened name

Acciona Oklahoma project goes online with newly christened name

Acciona’s Dempsey Ridge Wind Farm is now providing power to the grid, and it’s doing so with a new name that honors a former employee—and says everything about her.

Now christened the Big Smile Wind Farm at Dempsey Ridge, the 132-MW project is located in Roger Mills and Beckham counties in Oklahoma. The project, situated 15 miles west of Acciona’s 123-MW Red Hills Wind Farm, was named in memory of Jennifer Koop-Krass, a former staff member the company called extremely courageous, particularly during her bout with ovarian cancer, which took her life last year. In her role as director of energy marketing at Acciona Energy North America and as one of the company’s earliest employees upon its entry into the North American market, Koop-Krass played a big role in Acciona’s success in the U.S. and Canada.

“Jen was a remarkable person, colleague and friend, and her bravery had a profound effect on our company and its employees,” said Acciona Energy North America CEO Dan Fole. ““During her life, Jen accomplished so much personally and professionally. Big Smile Wind Farm at Dempsey Ridge will serve as one example of her great contribution to this planet.”

Above all, colleagues said they remembered her “ever-present and big smile,” as the company’s news release reported. Other descriptors that poured forth from former colleagues regarding the Wharton School of Business and MIT Sloan School of Management graduate: highly intelligent, hard working, always helpful, thoughtful, strong, graceful, confident, humble, and kind.

Donations in Jennifer Koop-Krass's memory may be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund or Rainbow Hospice.



Carl has been a part of the AWEA team since 2006. He brings both his expertise in communications as well as experience with the evolving wind energy industry to the job of overseeing AWEA's online and written publications including the Wind Energy Weekly, WINDPOWER Update, WINDPOWER Today, and various print materials. He has worked as a journalist in the energy industry as a staff writer for Public Utilities Fortnightly magazine and in the association sector as senior editor at Association Management magazine. He also has covered the home-building industry, where his areas of greatest interest were sustainable development and "smart growth," and has written articles for numerous other publications as a freelance writer. Carl received his B.A. from James Madison University and spent some time in New Orleans employed as a teacher as well as working with homeless youth.

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