Oklahoma grid operator says wind provided more than 60 percent of the power Friday
NewsOK – 3/17/2018 The Southwest Power Pool, which manages the Great Plains’ electric grid, announced Friday it had set a wind-penetration record of 60.56%. During that minute, wind supplied 13,928.94 megawatts of the 22,998.71 megawatts needed to provide power to customers within the pool’s 14-state coverage area. This record is just one of nearly a […]
Oklahoma lawmakers propose cutting tax credits for wind farms
Houston Chronicle – 3/14/18 Despite being the number two state for wind power capacity, Oklahoma has soured on its wind industry, which has lost all state-level tax incentives amid a budget crisis brought on by the oil bust. Now the Oklahoma legislature has proposed caps on tax credits for the wind industry that could bankrupt […]
Rep. Lucas receives “U.S. Wind Champion Award”
Enid, Okla., March 12, 2018 — Rep. Frank Lucas has been named a U.S. Wind Champion for the 115th Congress by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) at an event hosted by NextEra Energy, a major energy generation and development company.
Wind Companies Reconsider Oklahoma As Lawmakers Roll Up Economic Welcome Mat
NPR State Impact – 3/1/18 Wind incentives have proved essential for many landowners and local governments, and have helped propel Oklahoma to the number 2 wind producer in the nation. But after oil prices crashed and state budget gaps widened, State legislators started missing the money. Now the incentive rollback is causing some wind companies to reconsider […]
Anti-Wind Bills Prompt Predictions of Lawsuits, Bankruptcies and More Broken Promises
OK Energy Today – 3/4/18 If the Oklahoma Legislature passes bills that won committee approval and are currently on their way to the State House and Senate, there could be a host of negative consequences to the state. According to Wind Coalition executive Mark Yates, these range from lawsuits from the wind industry and school […]
Oklahoma wind farms are helping U.S. move toward a sustainable energy future
NewsOK – 3/7/18 America is making economic and energy efficiency gains thanks to renewable and sustainable energy projects like wind and natural gas. Oklahoma playing a huge part in this, according to Ethan Zindler, the head of U.S. research at Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance. “When we look around the world and we think of wind projects on […]
How Will Oklahoma’s No. 2 Wind Power Ranking Affect Legislators?
OK Energy Today – 2/3/18 Oklahoma is a leader in the nation for wind-powered electricity, having recently overcome Iowa to become No. 2, behind only Texas. This ranking puts Oklahoma on the national stage and makes the state better able to attract Fortune 500 companies. But at the start of the 2018 Oklahoma legislative session, […]
Oklahoma’s abundance of wind and natural gas help generate power for much of the nation’s midsection
NewsOK – 2/9/18 Wind energy will pass electric power generated by dams by 2019, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts. The EIA expects wind to produce 765,000 megawatt hours per day by 2019, while dams are expected to produce 730,000 megawatt hours. Natural gas-generated power is stable to increasing and renewables are increasing, creating new […]