Category: Wind Energy

Tallest wind turbines in US going up in southern Texas

The newest wind farm being built inTexas by Duke Energy will not only produce 200 MW of electrical power but also have some of the tallest wind turbines in the country. Duke’s Mesteno farm will produce electricity for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and be located in Starr County, deep in far southern Texas. …

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Texas oil and gas works to end wind subsidies and Oklahomans are helping

The same kind of anti-wind movement that occurred in Oklahoma to bring an end to state-government subsidies is developing in the state of Texas. Like Oklahoma, the oil and gas industry in Texas pooled its resources to wage a fight in the Texas legislature where, using a foundation, it hired 20 lobbyists to carry out …

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Enel Green expects to add 1GW of new power this year

Enel Green, the renewable energy company with large operations in Oklahoma and even bigger ones in Texas expects to bring online 1 gigawatt in new renewable energy projects in each of the next three years. It’s what company leaders said in a recent interview with North American Wind Power. Enel Green already launched construction this …

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Why 11 states do not have wind powered electrical farms

Why do Oklahoma, Texas and states in the middle of the country have the most wind farms in the U.S.? Why do 11 states in the Southeast have none? Questions that one news group decided to explore.  The easiest answer is we live where the wind blows.  And blows strong. Vox, not to be confused …

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Grain Belt Express transmission line wins approval in Missouri

One of the country’s largest renewable energy projects—the Grain Belt Express transmission line has won approval from Missouri regulators. The Missouri Public Service Commission reversed its stand on the $2.3 billion project  that will carry wind-powered electricity 780 miles from western Kansas, across Missouri and Illinois to Indiana. The project had twice been rejected by …

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Cold enough this year to stop wind turbines in North Dakota

When temperatures plunged to nearly zero in Oklahoma in the past several weeks, it was much colder in the upper Midwest. So cold, it stopped wind farm operations in North Dakota. Here’s how the Bismarck Tribune reported the story.  On any given day, the blades of 100 wind turbines that wrap around the central North …

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Top ten largest wind farms in the world

When it comes to large wind farms, Oklahoma’s wind powered projects pale in comparison to the top 10 largest farms in the world. Some are located in Texas but one of the largest in terms of size of land taken up by its wind turbines is the Fowler Ridge wind Farm in Indiana. It covers …

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Oklahoma wind farm operator opens latest venture in Minnesota

EDF Renewables North America, the company with at least four wind and solar projects operational in Oklahoma put another system into operation this week. The company announced its 100 megawatt Stoneray Wind Project in Pipestone and Murray counties in Southwestern Minnesota became fully operational. Its 39 wind turbines are providing power to Southern Minnesota Municipal …

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NextEra announces another wind farm in Oklahoma

Northern Oklahoma is getting another wind farm, one to be built by NextEra Energy in Garfield and Alfalfa counties. The company expects the 250-megawatt Skeleton Creek farm to be operational by the end of 2019. It will consist of 90 GE wind turbines and they will be located in the northwest corner of Garfield County …

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Oklahoma wind farm operators to face annual state fees

Wind farm operators in Oklahoma might have to start making a $2,000 annual payment to the state following the adoption of wind fee rules by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The $2,000 fee is for each facility and will fund oversight responsibilities for the commission. But the wind farm operators will also be charged $5,000 whenever …

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