Category: Wind Energy

Corporation Commission studies wind turbine fee

An Oklahoma Corporation Commission administrator is telling legislative leaders and others that a proposed $50 tax on every wind turbine in the state would raise less than $200,000 a year. Public Utilities Director Brady Wreath says administrative costs would be more than $225,000 a year. “While the requested $50 per turbine fee does not fully …

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Wind energy to surpass hydroelectric power in 2019

For electric-car drivers looking to emit less pollution as the drive, 2019 could be a banner year according to the online site, Green Car Reports. The U.S. electric grid has been getting gradually greener as utilities replace coal fired powerplants with primarily wind and natural gas. That trend is due to reach a tipping point …

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Sierra Club congratulates Oklahoma wind industry

Anheuser Busch, makers of the Budweiser brand of beers, recently unveiled its 2019 Super Bowl commercial, which features Clydesdales, wind turbines, and Bob Dylan, proclaiming that Anheuser Busch “now brews with wind power for a better tomorrow.” The renewable energy behind the ad is theThunder Ranch wind farm, a 300 MW project in north central Oklahoma …

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Oklahoma wind power and Budweiser to be a part of the Superbowl

Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin showed he’s a big fan of Oklahoma’s wind industry with a tweet on Tuesday. “Proud to hear that #SuperBowlLIII will be powered by #OK #windenergy! Great to see @AnheuserBusch team up with Enel Green Power & see Enel donate power from their Thunder Ranch wind farm to keep the lights on …

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Wind firm makes ‘Most Admired’ list

Xcel Energy, a wind company with more than 200 miles of electric transmission lines in Oklahoma was recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. It is the fifth consecutive year the company made the national magazine’s list and is ranked the second most admired electrical and gas company in the …

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Taxing wind electricity—a fight’s underway in Wyoming

Oklahoma isn’t the only state looking at the wind industry with critical legislation.  Wyoming is too and a fight is brewing over wind and higher taxes. As OK Energy Today has reported about several bills aimed at the wind industry, in Wyoming, legislators are looking at increasing  the tax on wind.  Wyoming is one of …

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NextEra continues national growth while fighting Oklahoma over air space

While NextEra Energy Inc. continues its fight with the state over construction of wind farms that might interfere in the path of flyways for Vance Air Force Base, the company is expanding its operations throughout the rest of the U.S. The company has reported a record year for new renewable projects in 2018. It added …

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Time’s running out for wind operators to get federal tax credit

Wind farm operators in Oklahoma and other states who intend to build new facilities are facing a year’s end deadline if they want to get a federal tax break before it expires. The federal renewable electricity production tax credit or PTC has a deadline of Dec. 31, 2019. Operators who begin construction of wind farms …

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Anti-wind bills filed in the Oklahoma legislature

Five bills introduced in the Oklahoma legislature by four state Senators are targeting the wind industry. The bills created additional requirements for airport setbacks, fees for conversion to direct current electricity from wind farms and decreasing the time for the decommissioning of a wind farm. Broken Arrow Sen. Nathan Dahm’s Senate Bill 964 would require …

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EDF buys its first wind farm in Nebraska

EDF Renewables North America, a California firm with wind farm experience in Oklahoma has picked up another wind farm—this one in Nebraska. It’s closed on a deal with York Nebraska Wind Partners, LLC  to buy the 300 megawatt Milligan 1 Wind Project which should be ut into full operation in late 2020. The project is …

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