Category: Wind Energy

State regulators seek input on new wind law

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has started the process of creating the rules that will be part of a new wind law in the state, one designed to protect military installations. The Commission’s Deputy General Counsel, Jeff W. Kline sent out a notification this week that the Commission’s Public Utility Division will hold industry meetings as …

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Power deals reached over new southern Oklahoma wind farm

Minnesota-based ALLETE Clean Energy announced it has reached a power sales agreement for the remaining output of its Diamond Spring wind farm to be built in southern Oklahoma. The agreement is with Smithfield Foods, Inc. and comes after an earlier announcement of agreements with Walmart and Starbucks, two large Fortune 500 companies. Smithfield will purchase …

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Oklahoma wind farm operator to build in Illinois

One of the nation’s latest wind farm projects has been announced by a Dallas company.  Leeward Renewable Energy LLC has entered into an agreement to build a wind farm for the Target Corporation in Illinois. The Lone Tree Wind project will be in Bureau County, Illinois and have a capacity of 79.4 megawatts. It will …

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House subcommittee to focus on creating work force for offshore wind power

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee plans a hearing Tuesday into exploration of wider development of offshore wind power. Tulsa Rep. Kevin Hern sits on the subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources and will be a part of the hearing entitled: Building a 21st Century American Offshore Wind Workforce.” The subcommittee will take up Massachusetts …

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Wind farm ban around Wichita moves ahead

A ban on wind farms is in the works for Sedgwick County in Wichita, Kansas. The city’s Metropolitan Area Planning Commission voted last week to recommend the wind farm ban to the Sedgwick County Commission and the City Council in Wichita. Individual wind towers would be allowed along with solar energy development, but not wind …

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Wind turbine collapses during strong winds in northern Oklahoma

Those wind turbines across Oklahoma are supposed  to withstand strong winds, but one collapsed this week in northern Oklahoma. It was near Hunter where a turbine to Enel Green buckled as 40 mile an hour winds swept across the Chisholm View II wind farm. The farm extends into Grant and Garfield counties. An investigation is …

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NextEra backs out of controversial wind farm construction in western Oklahoma

After a fight with Oklahoma over wind farm encroachment of nearby military air bases, NextEra Energy announced it will not proceed with construction of two wind farms in western Oklahoma. The 220-megawatt Minco V farm and the 250-Megawatt Crowder wind project were originally planned last year but were met with resistance from the Oklahoma Aeronautics …

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Collegiate Wind Competition won by Penn State

Twelve collegiate teams gathered at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Flatirons Campus last week to compete in DOE’s Collegiate Wind Competition Technical Challenge. Penn State University took home first place overall for their revamped wind turbine electrical system. Congratulations to the winners in each of the categories during the …

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Oklahoma credited with large growth of Minnesota-based energy company

Minnesota-based ALLETE Inc. reported a jump in earnings and credited the growth to its renewable energy projects in Oklahoma, North Dakota and Montana. The company held its annual meeting this week in Duluth where leaders say the earnings growth is supported by “seemingly limitless opportunities in the nation’s growing renewable energy sector.” More than 900 …

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Wind Energy conference to attract thousands

  With wind power growing across the U.S., promoters of the American Wind Energy Association’s Windpower 2019 conference in Houston expect to sett an improvement over the 7,600 who attended last year’s event. In 2018, the conference had 450 companies with exhibitions and 50 different companies were represented by those who attended. The 2019 conference …

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