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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

July 7, 2021 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners support wind turbine project

Pittsburg County commissioners are hopeful a proposed wind turbine project in the county will generate more then electricity. They are optimistic it could also blow lots of money into Pittsburg County. County commissioners voted Tuesday to sign a letter of support to Red Earth Energy, Inc. for the research and possible development of a wind farm in the southern part of the county. The letter will be sent to Red Earth Energy, Inc. and is headed “To Whom It May . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2021 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Dilapidated Panhandle wind farm poses safety threats

GUYMON – Broken blades and burned-out nacelles that housed generators atop wind turbine towers pose a threat to public safety at a wind farm in Oklahoma’s panhandle. The issue is so bad, a representative from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission who visited the farm reported hearing cracking sounds as large, broken turbine blades on towers blew first one direction and then another, including out over open access roads that area residents use every day. Blades could potentially “shed” from the structure, owners . . . Complete story »

June 11, 2021 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Federal judge rules against Osage County wind farm operator

A Tulsa federal refused to reverse part of a Magistrate Judge’s opinions against Osage Wind, LLC in a lawsuit filed 7 years ago over its installation of 84 wind turbines in Oklahoma’s Osage County. U.S. Judge Gregory K. Frizzell issued his recent ruling in the case where Osage Wind’s construction of the wind farm constituted “mining” which would have required a lease approved by the Secretary of the Interior. The case involves a fight between Osage Wind and the Osage . . . Complete story »

May 26, 2021 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Alfalfa County assessor talks Skeleton Creek money

The Alfalfa County commissioners heard an update on the Skeleton Creek valuation from the county assessor at their weekly meeting Monday. Skeleton Creek is the wind energy project located in Major, Alfalfa, and Garfield Counties that combines wind energy, solar energy, and battery energy storage. About 90 turbines are peppered throughout the three counties. Jennifer Roach explained to Marvin Woodall, Jay Hague and Mike Roach that though Skeleton Creek is protesting, there is no reason to be concerned. She said . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2021 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine struck by lighting, catches fire

A wind farm turbine in Johnson County caught fire, after it was struck by lighting during Friday night’s storms. The turbine in Mill Creek stood over two miles east of the nearest road, Highway 1, but caused no danger to the public. Emergency management responders say it was struck by lightning just after midnight and took responders nearly three hours to put out. Officials say the turbine is completely destroyed, and will cost anywhere between $2 to 5 million to . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2021 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine catches fire in Johnston County

A wind turbine ignited in flames in Johnston County. The fire erupted on the wind turbine Friday night near Mill Creek. Johnston County Emergency Management shared with KFOR the below photos of the fiery wind turbine. Authorities believe the fire may have been caused by a lightning strike. Complete story »

February 18, 2021 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Cold temperatures bring wind power to a halt

If you’ve driven by Lake Lawtonka in the last few days you may have noticed the cold weather has stopped the wind turbines in the area. “They are large machines. These brutal temperatures, whether it’s starting your truck in the morning or operating a wind facility, it is very, very difficult in these brutally cold temperatures. We’re also seeing that, it’s not just wind turbines. It’s natural gas, it’s frozen wellheads, it’s valves, it’s pipelines, this is incredible what we’re . . . Complete story »

February 11, 2021 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm operator forced to supply privileged communications in Osage County fight

In a court case going back nearly 8 years, a Tulsa Federal Judge has ordered wind farm developer Osage Wind to turn over documents it contended were privileged communication with its legal representation. Osage Wind was sued by the Osage Minerals Council after it began construction of a wind farm in Osage County in 2013. The U.S. government joined the lawsuit in 2014 in which the Osage tribe contended the ground development for the 84 wind turbines constituted mining and . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2020 • Oklahoma, Press releases, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Lankford, Cramer, Hoeven, Capito, Rep. Marchant Push to Eliminate Wind Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) along with Representative Kenny Marchant (R-TX) today introduced legislation to completely phase out the federal production tax credit (PTC) for renewables. The bill specifies that any new projects would need to begin construction by the end of this year in order to qualify for the credit, as is the case under current law. This affirms that the extension for 2020 is the last extension . . . Complete story »

August 29, 2020 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Maverick wind farm planned to start building this fall in Major County

Developers are nearing the construction stage of Maverick Wind Energy Center, a wind farm to be built in eastern Major County. Emily Brumit, Maverick Wind Energy Center developer, said Invenergy LLC expects to start construction of the 288-megawatt farm in late fall 2020, with a target operational date in December 2021. Maverick is planned to be built on 55,000 acres of land, beginning south of U.S. 412 between Ringwood and Lahoma, and running south to the Kingfisher County line. Transmission . . . Complete story »

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