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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.

January 5, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

The public addresses regulators over Public Service Co. of Oklahoma’s wind farm plan

Environmental energy advocates joined Oklahomans who said they don’t want to see a power line built on their properties to address the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Thursday on Public Service Co. of Oklahoma’s Wind Catcher Connection project. Wind Catcher Connection is a project that’s building 800 turbines in the Oklahoma Panhandle and seeks to also build a dedicated transmission line to take the electricity to 1.1 million customers of PSO and its sister utility, Southwestern Electric Power Co. PSO is seeking . . . Complete story »

January 4, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

PSO announces Wind Catcher power line route

Public Service Company of Oklahoma announced Wednesday the power line route for its Wind Catcher Energy Connection project. Wind Catcher Energy Connection, a joint effort between PSO and Southwestern Electric Power Co., is a $4.5 billion project that involves building a wind farm in Oklahoma, a 350-mile power line and two substations. The wind farm, to be built on 300,000 acres in Cimarron and Texas counties in the Panhandle, will include about 800 2.5 MW wind turbines. A power line . . . Complete story »

January 3, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

More hearings set this month for PSO’s Wind Catcher case

State rules traditionally have required utilities seeking preapproval for customer paid-for power upgrades to prove that new power is needed and to competitively bid projects to bring that power online. But in this era where Oklahoma is one of the nation’s leaders in generating affordable wind power, arguments are underway about whether those absolutes are applicable. Building wind generating facilities remains a complex proposition, especially when factoring in applicable federal renewable energy production tax credits and getting transmission lines built . . . Complete story »

January 1, 2018 • Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Environmentalists blast TVA for killing major wind project

One of America’s biggest wind energy projects is twisting in the wind, and environmentalists are blaming the Tennessee Valley Authority for the failure of the pioneering $2.5 billion effort to bring more renewable energy into the Tennessee Valley. Clean Line Energy Partners, a Houston-based developer of five major transmission lines for wind-generated electricity, has dropped its interconnection agreement with TVA for one of its most promising projects after the federal utility declined to buy what Clean Line officials said would . . . Complete story »

December 27, 2017 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine catches fire near Woodward

A wind turbine caught fire Tuesday morning near Woodward, Oklahoma. The fire was reported about 10 miles north and 2 miles east of Woodward. KOCO 5 Storm Tracker Shane Helton, who was on the scene, said it also sparked a grass fire nearby. Firefighters from multiple agencies, including Woodward and Mooreland fire departments, responded and extinguished the fire. A cause is under investigation. Complete story »

December 19, 2017 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Osage Nation: Wind farm stirs legal battles

PAWHUSKA – Rising over the treeless, rolling prairie and ranch lands, 15 miles west of this vibrant Osage County town, drivers along U.S. Highway 60 notice the sudden appearance of 84 wind farm towers, reaching hundreds of feet into the blue sky. Instead of the sounds of birds singing a summer’s song or a south breeze sweeping the bluestem grass, travelers will hear a slow, steady whirring noise, as the giant blades rotate in the relentless wind on the prairie, attached . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • Michigan, Missouri, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Communities fight wind farms, face pushback

Communities that oppose wind farm developments through rule changes or referendums sometimes face deep-pocketed pushback from energy companies determined to build their projects. At least a dozen communities have faced legal challenges. Others have battled public-relations campaigns and lobbyists. Even some places that initially welcomed wind farms later found themselves locked in litigation with energy companies over financial or regulatory disputes. “It’s such a political game, and they are very powerful,” said Kim Spady, attorney for Hinton, Oklahoma, one of . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • Kansas, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, U.S., WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

In the shadow of wind farms

A six-month GateHouse Media investigation found that wind developers representing some of the world’s biggest energy companies divide communities and disrupt the lives of residents forced to live in the shadow of their industrial wind farms. Reporters interviewed more than 70 families living near three dozen current or proposed wind farms. They also spoke to 10 state and local lawmakers, read hundreds of pages of public-service-commission records about wind projects, reviewed court filings in seven wind-related lawsuits and inspected lease . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2017 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Route of 350-mile Wind Catcher power line concerns Woodward County ranchers as sinkholes spread

WOODWARD – Her story wasn’t so much about the calf that was saved, but the tree that was lost. After learning some details about a 350-mile power line planned to connect the massive Wind Catcher wind farm in the Panhandle to a substation to be built near Tulsa, rancher Candyce Kline raised the calf story as an example of the unknown challenges facing that line and to air her doubts, and others’, about the idea of completing the largest power line . . . Complete story »

November 14, 2017 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Sperry residents uninformed about PSO open house

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 . . . Complete story »

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