Category: Wind Energy

Wind Turbine Exec Voices Concern About Operating Margins Risk

An executive from turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa warned last week that a 10-year race to reduce the cost of generating wind power could not continue, as it would bring down the financial muscle of turbine producers to continue investing in new technologies. A boom in investments in green energy to address climate change has helped mitigate …

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Southern Power Adds Glass Sands Wind Facility in Murray County

Southern Power’s 118-megawatt (MW) Glass Sands Wind Facility in Murray County, Oklahoma, is now operational, according to a recent company press release. This project marks Southern Power’s 15th wind facility and is the company’s fifth wind facility in Oklahoma. “We are pleased to see Glass Sands Wind Facility achieve commercial operation as this facility represents …

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Northern Kansas to get another wind farm

  EDP Renewables is finalizing an agreement with county commissioners in northern Kansas to build the state’s latest wind farm. The firm announced plans in August to construct the 200 megawatt Plum Nellie Wind Farm near Concordia. This week, company reps met with Cloud County Commissioners hoping to finalize the amount for a payment in …

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Energy news headlines for Friday

**  ​​Electric-truck maker Rivian went public in the largest U.S. IPO since 2014. The stock opened at $106.75, above its initial public offering price of $78. The upstart auto manufacturer is backed by some big names, including Amazon and Ford. ** Six major automakers, including Ford and General Motors, pledge to phase out gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 worldwide, though …

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Regulators to consider PSO plans for the future

  Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners plan a special meeting next week to begin reviewing future energy needs and plans for Public Service Company of Oklahoma. In the 10:30 a.m. meeting on Monday, November 15, the commissioners will review PSO’s 2021 Integrated Resource Plan. But a vote is not anticipated. In its 466 page report, PSO indicated it …

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New wind power regulations adopted by Central Missouri county commissioners

  Wind supporters call it a “de facto wind ban”—the new rules adopted by the Boone County Commission in central Missouri. The rules govern wind turbines and put maximum height restrictions as well as how close wind farms can be located to residences reports The Missouri Times. Click here for Missouri Times.

High marks for OU and OSU’s green power use

  Oklahoma’s two largest universities rank in the top 20 of the EPA’s list of schools for green use power. The EPA’s Top 30 College & University Partners showed the University of Oklahoma ranked 13th highest for its 122,065,000 kWh used annually in providing power for the school. The green power came from wind farms …

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Enel Green Power builds another wind farm in Oklahoma

  Another Enel Green Power wind farm is going up in Oklahoma—the firm’s 12th to be built in the state. The firm announced that construction has started on the 250 megawatt 25-Mile Creek wind project near Gage in Ellis County. The new construction results in a total $3 billion investment by Enel Green Power in …

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Minco wind farm included in $824 million acquisition

  NextEra Energy Partners LP’s investments in renewable energy took a nearly billion-dollar leap Friday. The Juno Beach-based subsidiary of NextEra Energy revealed a $824 million agreement to acquire 50% ownership in 13 wind and solar energy sites across Kansas, Texas, Nebraska, Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Connecticut. The site in Oklahoma is Minco …

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Not everyone wants Eastern Colorado wind farms

  Pushback against development of wind farms in eastern Colorado is reported to be growing. One leader of a newly-organized movement says it’s time to stop sacrificing agricultural land for “big-city living.” Click here for Colorado Public Radio report.