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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.

September 19, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

OCC addresses controversial wind turbine construction

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission heard concerns Tuesday about a wind farm near the town of Hinton. NextEra is building more than 160 turbines, and many neighbors say they are do it illegally. “The law is very clear,” said attorney Kim Spady, who represents some neighbors from Hinton. Spady points to the new law which took effect in May. It states a wind developer must obtain what’s called a “no hazard” determination for each turbine from the Federal Aviation Administration or . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2018 • Oklahoma, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm fight may ‘drastically affect’ Oklahoma policy

What do you get by pursuing an economic development project that involves two Oklahoma counties, three school districts, a school bond, a municipal trust, a wind farm and an international energy conglomerate partially owned by the sovereign nation of France? Lawsuits, of course. Pending litigation over the property tax obligations of Rock Falls Wind Project in Grant and Kay counties could set dramatic new precedents and fundamentally change the way wind-energy projects are incentivized in Oklahoma. In addition, the complex . . . Complete story »

September 8, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine construction continues after cease and desist order

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Florida-based energy company continues to put up wind turbines in western Oklahoma, despite a request from the state to ‘cease and desist.’ The construction would seem to violate state law, and yet it’s not at all clear if the law can be enforced, at least in this particular case. Last Friday, the Chairman of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, Mike Cooper, and the Director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, Victor Bird, jointly sent a letter . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Nextera energy receives cease and desist order after violating OK law

OKLAHOMA CITY – State leaders have formally notified Florida-based NextEra Energy that the company’s recent construction of nearly two dozen wind turbines in Canadian County violates a new state law. In a letter signed by both Strategic Military Planning Commission Chairman Mike Cooper and Aeronautics Commission Director Victor Bird, NextEra is ordered to “cease and desist immediately the construction on any and all turbines associated with the Minco IV/V windfarm” until the necessary approvals are filed with the Corporation Commission. . . . Complete story »

August 31, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Florida based energy company violates new law

HINTON, Oklahoma – The actions of a Florida-based energy company are proving to be a test case for a new law intended to protect what many believe is Oklahoma’s most valuable military asset – air space. A News 9 investigation reveals the company, NextEra Energy, is putting up new wind turbines without the needed federal approval, in violation of a recently approved state law. The law, which took effect in May, mandates that wind developers obtain either “no hazard” determinations for . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

PSO files to withdraw Wind Catcher application with OCC

OKLAHOMA CITY – Public Service Co. of Oklahoma on Tuesday filed to withdraw its application for the Wind Catcher Energy Connection project with Oklahoma Corporation Commission. On July 26, Texas Public Utility Commission voted to reject the certificate of convenience and necessity sought by Southwestern Electric Power Co. and based on that rejection, American Electric Co. – parent company to PSO SWEPCO – decided to not pursue the Wind Catcher project, according to the application for withdrawal filed Tuesday. “Therefore, PSO is withdrawing . . . Complete story »

August 7, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners discuss wind farm proposal

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners heard plans for the intentions of a wind farm on property around the Eldon area during their Aug. 6 meeting. “It’s still in the early, early stages,” said Jeremy Ingram, JBS Energy Solutions of Wellington, Kansas. Ingram told commissioners the wind farm would be primarily on private property, and the owner would enter a 20-year lease agreement with JBS Energy Solutions. The company would also try to lease additional private property to gain access . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2018 • Oklahoma, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

‘It feels good to breathe again’: Local opponents respond to news of Wind Catcher project cancellation after failed Texas vote

Wind Catcher has no more power in its sails. On Friday, American Electric Power and its subsidiary Public Service Company of Oklahoma announced that they have cancelled the Wind Catcher wind power project after a failed vote in Texas delivered a fatal blow. The Texas Public Utility Commission on Thursday unanimously rejected the project as proposed, saying it didn’t offer enough benefits for Texas ratepayers as structured. “We are disappointed with the decision in Texas that resulted in the cancellation . . . Complete story »

July 28, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Residents and PSO react to cancellation of Wind Catcher energy project

Lonni St. John was feeling accomplished as she pulled up the “No Wind Catcher” signs from her front yard. Once planted in protest, now removed in relief. “When I got the news, I cried,” she said. “I cried ugly tears, I was so happy.” A joy shared across multiple cities. “Everybody’s just pumped, I mean just beyond belief happy,” said Maurice Storm. He and St. John became the face of resistance in Bixby, which ultimately led PSO to change their . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2018 • Oklahoma, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

PSO pulls plug on massive Wind Catcher energy project

The landscape of future electrical power production in Oklahoma may have shifted somewhat Friday. Public Service Co. of Oklahoma announced it won’t pursue further efforts to gain approval from state regulators for its proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection project. Its announcement came a day after regulators in Texas rejected the proposal, which Southwestern Electric Power, Public Service Co.’s sister utility, had submitted to them. If it had ultimately been approved in Texas and Oklahoma (approvals already had been given by . . . Complete story »

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