Wind Power News: Oklahoma
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Woodward, Okla. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) returned to Woodward on Monday to gather more public input on the proposed Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission line project. Through the Plains & Eastern project, the Houston-based Clean Line Energy is proposing to build high voltage direct current electric transmission line with the capacity to deliver around 3,500 megawatts from wind farms and other power sources in the Oklahoma Panhandle to connect with the Tennessee Valley Authority near Memphis, . . .
No one who has lived in Oklahoma for more than a couple of days is surprised to hear the state ranks as one of the highest producers of wind energy in the nation. Wind has caused enough damage to hairdos, roofs and golf swings that most agree wind turbines are a good way to finally see a benefit from the strong breezes that Oklahoma has become known for. State officials have also been open about embracing wind energy and have . . .
With each rotation of the blade, Tammy Huffstutlar can feel a growing sense of agitation in her body. “It just puts me on edge,” she said. “You can’t ever get used to the noise.” Swoosh. “You can’t help but notice them,” Huffstutlar said as she gazed out at the more than 20 wind turbines visible from her Canadian County home, two of which are within 1,600 feet. Swoosh. “You can tell when they are not running because you just feel . . .
A local senator has filed legislation that, if approved, could put a halt to a proposed wind farm project west of Piedmont. Sen. Rob Johnson’s bill seeks to enact a moratorium on wind turbine construction located within a 10-mile radius of cities with a population of 200,000 or more. Apex Wind Energy has proposed a wind farm that would place turbines between Piedmont and Okarche, but the bill would stop the construction of those turbines because it is within 10 . . .
CUSHING — The giant maps spread out across several conference tables might have attracted the most attention, but area residents who came out this week had more pressing concerns: How would a planned transmission line affect their property? The federal Energy Department hosted the public forum in Cushing on Tuesday evening as part of a series of 12 meetings for landowners along a proposed 700-mile high-voltage, direct-current transmission line that would take electricity from the Oklahoma Panhandle to north of . . .
A war over wind is brewing in Canadian County and soon more Oklahomans could be affected. Last year an out-of-state company started putting wind turbines just outside of Calumet. Now some residents fear that wind farm could be a threat to their health and safety. Fox 25 spoke with the company behind the project to find out if their fears are justified. The Candian Hills Wind Farm is home to 135 turbines and now the developer behind that project has . . .
MUSKOGEE – A proposed 700-mile project to transmit wind power from Oklahoma to Tennessee may seem like a win-win for clean energy, but it’s not yet crystal clear for many Oklahomans who will be directly affected by the Plains and Eastern Clean Line. The U.S. Department of Energy guided a public scoping meeting Monday night bringing potential stakeholders together with Clean Line officials. The meeting, focused on environmental impacts of the Plains and Eastern project, was one of six scheduled . . .
MUSKOGEE — A proposed 700-mile project to transmit wind power from Oklahoma to Tennessee may seem like a win-win for clean energy, but it’s not yet crystal clear for many Oklahomans who will be directly affected by the Plains and Eastern Clean Line. The U.S. Department of Energy guided a public scoping meeting Monday night bringing potential stakeholders together with Clean Line officials. The meeting, focused on environmental impacts of the Plains and Eastern project, was one of six scheduled . . .
Piedmont’s city council expressed a desire for citizens on both sides of the wind turbine debate to work together, but a spirit of cooperation doesn’t appear to be in the cards following Monday’s heated meeting. Four property owners in Piedmont with leases to construct wind turbines on their land have applied to deannex from the city. The council heard their case during Monday’s meeting through a hired attorney, but the majority of a standing-room only crowd appeared to voice opposition . . .
PIEDMONT — A group of landowners who want to lease their land to wind developers will have to wait longer for a decision to de-annex their property from the city of Piedmont. The Piedmont City Council voted Monday evening to delay the landowners’ request for detachment and de-annexation. The petition involves 13 tracts in the sparsely populated northwest part of Piedmont. The proposal pits the desires of landowners in the rural areas of the city against their fellow residents who . . .