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.
Dozens of area residents turned out Tuesday for a town hall meeting to learn more about a proposed wind farm developer’s plan to locate partially in Pontotoc County. Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy is moving forward with plans to build a 300 megawatt, industrial scale wind farm on 40,000 acres of land in Johnston, Murray and Pontotoc counties. Developers say about 1,800 acres of the farm will be located in Pontotoc County. Apex Development Manager Patrick Brown said the location will . . .
The Altus Chamber of Commerce wants Oklahoma lawmakers to give a state military commission siting approval for wind farms near military installations, saying the turbines can affect radar and disrupt training routes. The chamber of commerce sent letters last week to two Altus lawmakers, Senate Pro Tempore Mike Schulz and Rep. Charles Ortega. The chamber wants lawmakers to put notice and siting approval of wind turbines near military installations under the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission. “When constructed without input . . .
In “Wind power key to state’s rural economy” (Point of View, March 4), Beaver County Commissioner Brad Raven outlined reasons he believed industrial wind was good for rural Oklahoma. I’d like to clear up a few misconceptions. While the industry continues to claim that wind power is “cheap, clean and infinite” and provides discounted utility bills, it actually costs Oklahoma millions. Taxpayers heavily subsidize wind power to the tune of 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour by the federal government and . . .
Oklahoma’s tax credit for renewable energy, called unsustainable by opponents, could end for new projects this summer under a bill passed Thursday by the state House. House Bill 2298, by Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, would end the zero-emissions tax credit July 1, more than three years earlier than its current sunset date. The bill passed, 74-24, over the objections from some lawmakers that it could jeopardize wind projects already in an advanced stage of development. Supporters said the incentive had . . .
Frank Keating recently exhibited a great deal of courage. Our former governor wrote in a Feb. 24 column in the Tulsa World that is was a mistake for him to sign legislation in 2001 that established the zero-emissions tax credit. The credit was supposed to cost Oklahoma less than $2 million a year, Keating wrote, but a coming boom in wind farm construction by developers looking to take advantage of available subsidies could cost the state more than $5 billion. . . .
OKLAHOMA CITY – House committees churned through stacks of legislation Wednesday, trying to beat a Thursday deadline that will leave a major share of this session’s bills and joint resolutions on the cutting room floor. Measures without committee approval by the close of business Thursday go by the wayside; those that did get approval begin jockeying for position on the floor calendar in the coming weeks. The only floor action of note Wednesday involved the passage of House Bill 1013, by . . .
In 2001, when I served as governor of Oklahoma, I signed legislation creating the Zero Emissions Tax Credit for industrial wind energy. The tax credit was designed to give a jump-start to a wind industry in its infancy in Oklahoma at the time. It was sold to us as a low-cost way to broaden our already robust energy and economic development program. It was supposed to create jobs and develop a more prosperous future for Oklahoma. Signing this legislation was . . .
Legislation to end the state’s renewable energy production tax credit will likely be heard next week at the Oklahoma Capitol. The credit is available for solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power generation, but wind is by far the most prevalent industry that claims the incentive. Wind energy makes up about 90 percent of all renewable resource production in Oklahoma. Two bills that would end the credit were scheduled for a hearing in a House subcommittee Wednesday. After the meeting began, however, . . .
Two wind farm companies have sued the town of Hinton, claiming a recently passed ordinance targeting wind turbines outside the town limits was illegally enacted. Minco Wind IV LLC and Minco Wind V LLC, affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, said the town’s Jan. 17 ordinance calling their equipment a public nuisance was “intended to restrict and curtail the Minco projects.” The wind farm companies filed lawsuits this week in both Caddo County district court and federal court in Oklahoma . . .
A group in Caddo County has filed a lawsuit against two wind farms, claiming the developer didn’t adequately notify state and local officials and nearby residents of turbine locations. The Scenic Prairie Preservation Association originally filed the lawsuit against NextEra Energy Resources LLC earlier this month in Caddo County district court. The case was moved to federal court in Oklahoma City this week. The association, which was formed three weeks ago, said NextEra didn’t properly notify the Oklahoma Corporation Commission . . .