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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.

May 18, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Oklahoma town asks Air Force to help stop wind farm inside their city

HINTON, Oklahoma – A small Oklahoma town is enlisting the US Air Force in its legal fight against a wind energy group. Hinton is just west of Oklahoma City and it recently passed an ordinance banning wind turbines within city limits. Two weeks later, wind power group NextEra Energy sued the town over the regulation. Hinton’s mayor turned to Sheppard Air Force base in Wichita Falls, Texas for help, when she learned it has two training routes above the town. . . . Complete story »

May 18, 2018 • Oklahoma, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm blows in tour from 122 miles away

Hinton, Oklahoma, just west of Oklahoma City, has been sued by a wind energy group to build wind turbines in their town. Now they’re turning to Sheppard Air Force Base for help. On Thursday a group of Hinton leaders spent Thursday on base for a fact-finding tour. Hinton Mayor Shelly Newton met with Air Force Officers to talk about what’s going on in Hinton, and the role wind farms have played on Sheppard Air Force Base and their missions. Mayor . . . Complete story »

May 16, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Justices ask feds to weigh in on tribal wind case

The Supreme Court wants the Trump administration’s take on an unusual legal fight over wind development on tribal land in Oklahoma. In orders released this morning, the justices invited Solicitor General Noel Francisco to file a brief expressing the federal government’s view on a dispute between the Osage Nation and an Italian wind energy developer. At issue is whether Enel SpA subsidiary Osage Wind LLC violated federal law when it built an 8,400-acre, 84-turbine wind farm in Osage County without . . . Complete story »

May 16, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Okla. AG asks for customer protection guarantees if Wind Catcher energy plan approved

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter on Tuesday filed a list of recommended guaranteed ratepayer protections for customers if Public Service Co. of Oklahoma’s Wind Catcher Energy Connection project is granted preapproval by Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Although Hunter said he believes the project shouldn’t be approved, he said he wants to guarantee Oklahomans are protected if OCC approves it. Hunter’s recommendations were supported in coordination with OCC’s public utility division. In addition to the recommendations, the filing asks PSO . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Oklahoma Attorney General and the director of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Public Utility Division still opposed Wind Catcher

The Oklahoma Attorney General and the director of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Public Utility Division stated in a regulatory filing late Monday they remain opposed to Public Service Co. of Oklahoma’s request to obtain preapproval to recover costs to build the Wind Catcher Connection project. However, Attorney General Mike Hunter and Brandy Wreath, director of the utility division, did include a list of stipulations they could agree to as part of the filing, asking for the commission’s elected members to . . . Complete story »

May 10, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Tulsa County residents taking stand against major PSO project

Landowners in Southern Tulsa County are angry after learning about a proposal by PSO that could mean huge power lines cutting through thousands of acres of property. The towers would be some of the largest in Oklahoma and many landowners are putting their foot down. Mark and Lonni St. John have lived on the same land in Bixby for 20 years. Last week they, received what they felt was an 11th-hour letter in the mail from PSO. “11 hours and . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Phone records link wind industry group to political consultant who had Oklahoma legislator tracked

The OSBI has found new evidence linking a wind energy group to the political consultant who had a state legislator tracked, The Oklahoman has learned. “It’s pretty obvious,” Rep. Mark McBride said of the evidence from the subpoenaed phone records of Texas political consultant George C. Shipley. McBride, R-Moore, has blamed the wind industry ever since finding a GPS tracker on his pickup the evening of Dec. 4. He was told about the new evidence Thursday when a special agent . . . Complete story »

May 4, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

New Oklahoma law closes loophole, makes secretly tracking someone with a GPS device a stalking crime

"Hot dog! Hot dog!" Rep. Mark McBride said Wednesday after learning Gov. Mary Fallin had signed House Bill 3260 into law. McBride, R-Moore, found a tracking device on his pickup the evening of Dec. 4, after a friend suggested he look. McBride suspects the wind industry had him investigated because of his outspoken criticism of tax incentives for wind farms. A special agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into his suspicions. Leaders of a wind industry trade association have denied any involvement. Complete story »

May 2, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Landowners receive letters from law firm representing PSO threatening injunction

Landowners against the proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection project on Monday received letters threatening to have an injunction filed against them if they don’t allow officials to do an environmental survey of their properties. “They’ve sent these letters out from a law firm in Claremore, Oklahoma, which is representing PSO … stating that if we don’t agree to let them survey the property by the 4th of May, they’re going to file an injunction in Garfield County District Court,” said . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2018 • Arkansas, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Don’t let New York drive energy policy for Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas

Not content with fouling up its own energy policy, New York – with some of the country’s highest electricity rates – wants to foul up Arkansas’s, Louisiana’s, and Oklahoma’s, too. New York state’s government-employee pension fund, run by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, owns a $100 million stake in American Electric Power (AEP), which provides electricity in the three other states mentioned above, our states. What the federal government wisely chooses not to do, activist shareholders like DiNapoli are trying to do instead. DiNapoli . . . Complete story »

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