Wind Power News: Oklahoma
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Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) hosted 11 community open houses across northern and central Oklahoma to collect valuable landowner and community input on preliminary study segments to help determine a power line route for the Wind Catcher Energy Connection. However, many residents of Sperry were unaware of the open house held Wednesday, October 25 at The Lodge at Brindle Creek, and are upset with PSO for not publicizing the meeting more efficiently. “Talking with people in the community about . . .
North on U.S. 270 to Woodward, Oklahoma, wind turbines own the horizon. They hover above rusting barns, cattle-guards and the barbed-wire fences that protect private land. When standing below, you feel the massive blades swoosh like flyswatters cutting through the air. As the wind picks up, the blades spin faster and the machines emit a soft mechanical whine: the sound of power generated by nature. The town, home to 12,000 people, lies in the northwest corner of the state. The . . .
Woodward County Commissioners met Monday morning for their regularly scheduled meeting during which they approved several items related to a new wind farm that will be built in part of Woodward County. Commissioners approved a road use agreement between Persimmon Creek Wind Farm 1 LLC and the Board of County Commissioners of Woodward County followed by 22 applications for permits from Wanzek for driveway entrances in District #2. Commissioners approved an addition application for a permit from Wanzek for a . . .
David Sims, 33, an employee at the Red Dirt Wind Project, was air-lifted to St. Anthony’s Hospital early Monday morning. He was hanging by his hand from a turbine about 300-ft. above the ground, said Mike Shults, a Kingfisher County deputy sheriff. The employee’s condition was not known at deadline Tuesday morning. A St. Anthony spokesperson told The Clipper Monday afternoon that Sims was not registered as a patient and might have been treated and released. To read more please . . .
The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday declined to revisit its decision that said wind farm developers should have obtained a mineral lease from the Osage Nation along with Bureau of Indian Affairs approval before starting surface construction for an Oklahoma wind farm. The denial means that the Tenth Circuit panel’s decision from September in favor the Osage Nation through the Osage Minerals Council will hold. That decision said excavation work that included supporting turbines with rocks dug up from the holes . . .
Rather than allow market forces to reign in electricity production, many green-power advocates instead support government mandates that force consumers to shift from traditional power sources to those that are supposedly better for the earth. The result of such command-and-control efforts in Minnesota should be a warning for other states. In a recent report, the Center of the American Experiment, a conservative think tank in Minnesota, examined the outcomes experienced there when lawmakers mandated greater use of wind power. “This . . .
We were glad to see Oklahoma lawmakers discussing a topic of vital importance to Enid and Vance Air Force Base. Several speakers, from the military, to wind industry, to landowners, were at the state Capitol on Tuesday to discuss placement of wind turbines and the need to protect vital air space for Oklahoma’s Air Force bases, mainly Vance and Altus. Currently, it’s up to the federal government to decide whether wind turbine construction could adversely affect the military, but state . . .
At a legislative hearing Tuesday that began with a congressman’s dire warnings, state lawmakers debated whether further regulation of wind turbines is necessary to prevent interference with military air space. The House Transportation Committee spent five hours listening to military officials concerned about turbines, wind energy experts who see no need for further regulation, and agricultural groups worried about their private property rights. The hearing began with recorded testimony from U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, who said the construction . . .
OKLAHOMA CITY – As wind turbines crop up along designated military flight training routes, Oklahoma lawmakers met Tuesday to discuss whether they need to implement new laws to help protect the state’s multi-billion dollar aerospace industry. Oklahoma’s wide-open rural skies and designated flight corridors have long been a major selling point for the Air Force, which operates three major bases in the state – Tinker in Midwest City, Vance in Enid and Altus in Altus. The Air Force uses the flight corridors . . .
Oklahoma lawmakers will take another run at protecting military training routes from wind farm encroachment. They held an interim study Tuesday to get input on the matter. Tinker Air Force Base Lt. Gen. Lee Levy said besides being used to make sure workhorse planes are flight-ready, the routes are also used for parachute jump training and helicopter training. Levy said wind farm towers and turbines get in the way of all those exercises, and they can obscure general aviation aircraft . . .