Category: Wind Energy

Siemens to lay off 200 workers in Texas

  Siemens, the German engineering firm with a wind-manufacturing plant in Hutchinson, Kansas and operations throughout Oklahoma’s wind farms announced it will layoff 200 workers at its gas turbines parts and components service center in Houston, Texas. The layoffs will happen next year and the company blamed a weaker global demand.  The closing of the …

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Regulators to hold technical conference on proposed wind farm rules

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has a technical conference planned for Thursday morning to discuss proposed rules and how they might affect wind energy. The 10 a.m. meeting in Room 301 of the Jim Thorpe Office building will focus on possible changes to electric utility rules and those applying to wind farms in the state. Commissioners …

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No resolution between wind farm operator and Defense Department

Another extension of the talks between NextEra Energy and the Department of Defense to reach a plan on a wind farm along a roue of airspace the military uses for training could happen again this week in Oklahoma. Yet another extension of the deadline for the mitigation plan was announced last week and Monday, Dec. …

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Supreme Court considers Oklahoma wind farm fight

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to hear the appeal of a wind energy company that has been in a legal fight since 2010 with the Osage Nation in northeast Oklahoma. Osage Wind LLC has appealed a ruling by the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado in which the court sided …

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Oklahoma regulators continue work on emergency wind farm rules to protect military flight routes

Emergency wind rules are being taken up by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission following the controversial stoppage of construction of a Hinton wind farm because it appeared to violate a new state law designed to protect military flight spaces. New rules were adopted earlier in the month but there have been additional changes so the rules …

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Another deadline approaches in wind farm talks aimed at protecting Oklahoma Air Bases

Weeks after NextEra Energy was accused of violating Oklahoma’s new wind farm law by pushing ahead with construction near Hinton, the firm is in continued talks with the Defense Department and the state. Attorney General Mike Hunter announced last week the DOD and NextEra again extended their deadline to reach a mitigation plan on a …

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Firm unloads wind farms to expand solar energy investments

While wind farm numbers are growing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas, a New Jersey company’s announced the $208 million sale of its wind portfolio. And it intends to spend hundreds of millions more on solar energy. NJR Clean Energy Ventures sold its remaining 117 megawatt portfolio which consists of four wind farms to a subsidiary …

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Oklahoma wind farm operator inks solar power contract in California

Days after agreeing to pay more than $2.2 million in taxes owed in Kay and Grant Counties in Oklahoma, the EDF Renewables Company announced the signing of a 15-year power purchase agreement with Shell Energy North America. EDF’s Palen Solar project located in California will supply the electricity by the end of 2020. The 100 …

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Wind farm operator agrees to pay $2.2 million in taxes

The Rock Falls Wind Farm near Blackwell in northern Oklahoma has agreed to pay more than $2.2 million in taxes and give up on on a proposed plan to avoid paying taxes. The money will be divided among school districts and other governments in Kay and Grant Counties. The company, EDF Renewables had earlier contended …

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Wind talks extended again over Oklahoma’s law to protect military flight space

Ongoing talks between a wind farm operation that might be in violation of a state law protecting military base flight space and the Oklahoma Attorney General have resulted in still another extension to reach a settlement. Attorney General Mike Hunter announced on Monday that he has once again extended the deadline for NextEra and the …

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