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Wind Power News: Oklahoma


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

March 23, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Hints of a lawsuit if state wind incentives pass

The wind industry could lose out on hundreds of millions of dollars of tax incentives with another change proposed by lawmakers. House Bill 3711 advanced in House and Senate budget committees on Thursday. It would cap income tax credits available to wind energy producers at $35 million annually. The Legislature ended the incentive for new projects last year. The most recent figures showed more than 150 companies were claiming a total of $60 million through the incentive. The result, if . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Oklahoma’s Corporation Commission asks Public Service Co. of Oklahoma to seek settlement on its Wind Catcher plan

Oklahoma’s Corporation Commission on Wednesday asked for additional settlement talks on Public Service Co. of Oklahoma’s request to collect construction costs from its ratepayers for what could be the largest wind project in the nation. If built and brought online at the end of 2020, the 2,000-megawatt Wind Catcher Connection in Oklahoma’s Panhandle would supply the customers of PSO and Southwestern Electric Power with electricity the utilities maintain would be among the most affordable in the nation. If the plan . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2018 • Letters, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Reader urges interested land owners to provide input regarding wind farms

Landowners, PSO utility customers and anyone that will be negatively impacted by the PSO Wind Catcher project, the time to protest PSO’s preapproval request before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is about to run out! The commissioners will hear PSO’s request for an exception to the negative ruling by Administrative Law Judge Mary Chandler on March 14. The commissioners will rule on this case soon afterwards. PSO requested preapproval for their Wind Catcher project in order to qualify for very generous . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

PSO, Walmart reach Wind Catcher agreement

Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Walmart on Friday reached a settlement agreement on the proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection project. In the agreement with Walmart, PSO made additional guarantees beyond those initially offered, which, according to the company, include new reporting requirements, a lower cost cap on project construction costs, and an assurance Oklahoma customers will at a minimum receive the same benefits afforded to sister company Southwestern Electric Power Co.’s customers. PSO also will provide guarantees that the . . . Complete story »

March 10, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Walmart backs Public Service Co. of Oklahoma’s plan to co-own a major wind farm in Oklahoma’s Panhandle

Supporters and opponents of Public Service Co. of Oklahoma’s preapproval request to charge ratepayers for Wind Catcher Connection costs continue to lobby before elected regulators, who will hold a hearing on the proposal next week. On Friday, PSO announced it had reached a settlement agreement with Walmart that supports the proposal and asks elected Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners to approve the utility’s request. Once built and online at the end of 2020, the 2,000 megawatt Wind Catcher Connection would be the . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Tough talk as Oklahoma’s wind industry becomes a political target

Here’s how contentious the wind industry has become in Oklahoma: When a state representative discovered a GPS tracker on his pickup truck late last year, he immediately suspected the industry, in an allegation straight of a political thriller. “I pissed off a huge corporation,” Rep. Mark McBride told a police officer, according to audio from a police body camera obtained by StateImpact Oklahoma. “You know anything about wind farms?” McBride explained he may have been targeted because he was writing . . . Complete story »

March 5, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Catcher files exceptions to judge’s report against project pre-approval

OKLAHOMA CITY – Public Service Company of Oklahoma filed a 23-page exceptions report Feb. 23 in response to an Oklahoma Corporation Commission administrative law judge’s recommendation earlier this month against pre-approval of PSO’s request to allow the company to charge ratepayers to help fund the project. “We are extremely disappointed in the ALJ’s report. The ALJ report would deny our customers the extraordinary savings that Wind Catcher would provide, and would effectively stop one of the largest private investments in state . . . Complete story »

March 4, 2018 • Blogs, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Anti-wind bills prompt predictions of lawsuits, bankruptcies and more broken promises

Could some Oklahoma wind farms go down in flames because of the legislature? Lawsuits from the wind industry and school districts. The bankruptcy of wind farms. School bond projects in jeopardy. Higher electricity costs.The banking industry losing money it loaned for wind farms. A black eye for Oklahoma’s ability to recruit industries to the state. They are what Wind Coalition executive Mark Yates is predicting if the Oklahoma legislature passes some of the bills that last week won committee approval . . . Complete story »

March 4, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Texas judge refuses to order ‘Dr. Dirt’ to appear before Oklahoma grand jury next week

The longtime political consultant whose nickname is “Dr. Dirt” will be staying in Texas next week for the primary election rather than coming to Oklahoma to testify before the multicounty grand jury. Grand jurors meet in secret sessions three days next week in Oklahoma City. They are investigating who wanted state Rep. Mark McBride followed last year. The Austin-based consultant, George C. Shipley, 70, had been subpoenaed to appear Tuesday before the Oklahoma multicounty grand jury “to provide testimony.” A . . . Complete story »

March 2, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Tenth Circuit takes expansive view of the definition of the term “mining,” holding wind farm project needs permit prior to commencement of excavation in tribal mineral estate

United States of America v. Osage Wind, LLC et al., 871 F.3d 1078 2017 WL 4109940 (10th Cir. Sept. 18, 2017). Causing heartburn for project applicants developing on tribal land, the Tenth Circuit reversed the District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma’s grant of summary judgment and determined that the defendants’ large-scale excavation project, involving site modification and the use of excavated rock and soil in the installation of wind turbines, constituted “mining” under federal regulations addressing mineral development on Native . . . Complete story »

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