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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.

July 3, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

OK Corporation Commission considers Wind Catcher, extends hearing to second day

Members of Oklahoma’s Corporation Commission on Monday heard from Public Service Co. of Oklahoma’s regulatory vice president and dozens of Oklahomans who either support or oppose the proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection project. They listened to the testimony as part of their consideration of an application PSO has filed with the commission that seeks preapproval to recover from ratepayers its costs related to the $4.5 billion project. If approved, the utility would be allowed to recover about $1.4 billion in . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2018 • Editorials, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Differing approach to oil and wind raises questions

Claims that politicians vote based solely on who gives them the most campaign cash are typically overblown. But one can understand why some Oklahomans might connect those dots when it comes to the wind industry’s recent activity. American Wind Action, an advocacy group, reported spending $178,693 on radio and digital ads touting 15 legislative candidates. Most of that money was spent defending representatives who opposed efforts to reduce tax breaks and state payments to the wind industry. Of the 15 . . . Complete story »

June 29, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Catcher proposal is before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Monday

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission will consider on Monday whether or not to allow Public Service Co. to recover costs related to its Wind Catcher Energy Connection plans. If approved, the utility would be allowed to recover $1.36 billion in costs to buy 30 percent of the 2,000 megawatt Wind Catcher farm being built in Oklahoma’s Panhandle. Along with co-owning the generating facility with its American Electric Power sister company, Southwestern Electric Power, the two also propose building and operating a . . . Complete story »

June 27, 2018 • Letters, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power concerns

Are people in favor of wind energy due to the sophistication of the wind power lobbyists, or to our gullibility? Wind is always and only “weather-dependent.” Wind energy is not free, not clean and not cheap. Wind energy cannot replace hydrocarbons as an energy source. Steven Blue, Edmond Complete story »

June 26, 2018 • Oklahoma, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable energy developer says they will not build wind farms near SAFB

Renewable energy developer, Innergex, will not be building wind farms near Sheppard Air Force Base after nearly two years of consideration. It doesn’t mean the process is over, but for now, Sheppard can rest assured knowing no training missions will be lost to those turbines. “We’re really grateful for the decision Innergex made to kind of back away from their plans to build wind farms near Byers and Bluegrove for the time being,” Chief of Public Affairs at SAFB, George . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

PSO adjusts Wind Catcher power line plans; Bixby drops opposition

BIXBY – The Bixby City Council withdrew its opposition to the Wind Catcher Energy Connection power line project Monday evening after Public Service Co. of Oklahoma presented an alternate plan to not only use existing right-of-way through the southern part of the town but to rebuild that route with smaller towers. Instead of building a new substation in Bixby, one would be constructed “at least 10 miles” to the west, said PSO President and COO Stuart Solomon. That would put the . . . Complete story »

June 25, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind group buying ads in support of 15 candidates

An advocacy group for the wind industry reported spending $178,693 in support of state legislative candidates. Most of the 15 candidates are on primary election ballots Tuesday. American Wind Action (AWA) spent the money June 14 on radio and digital ads independent of the candidates’ efforts, its expense report shows. The majority of the money went to help state representatives and senators who have been supportive of the wind industry. The rest went to help candidates running for open seats. . . . Complete story »

June 24, 2018 • Oklahoma, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Sheppard AFB, SMAC team to halt wind farms in one North Texas area

Sheppard Air Force Base and the military community is celebrating a win this week as a wind farm company decides to not build near the base. The base announced that Innergex, a renewable energy company, was considering building wind farms near Byers and Bluegrove. After information campaigns from the base and Sheppard Military Affairs Committee (SMAC) about how the developments would negatively impact Sheppard’s training routes, the company removing themselves from the permitting process – meaning their interest in the . . . Complete story »

June 21, 2018 • Louisiana, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Louisiana utility regulators approve wind farm project

State utility regulators Wednesday allowed a northwest Louisiana electric company to purchase part of the nation’s largest wind-power project. The $4.5 billion “Wind Catcher” project in the Oklahoma panhandle began construction last December and is expected to start generating electricity in 2020. The Louisiana Public Service Commission allowed the Shreveport-based Southwestern Electric Power Co., better known as SWEPCO, to increase customers’ monthly bills to pay for a portion of the wind farm’s power. SWEPCO’s share will be 1,400 megawatts, enough . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Bixby City Council votes to hire lawyers to fight Wind Catcher transmission lines

BIXBY – The Bixby City Council voted Monday to hire the law firm Gable Gotwals to represent the city before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in an effort to add its opposition to the building of the Wind Catcher Energy Project to the record. The city plans to ask the commission to either deny preapproval of cost recovery or to stay a decision until Bixby residents can be heard. “I’m not opposed to wind energy, but I can tell you I am . . . Complete story »

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