Category: Wind Energy

Learning to Forecast When the Winds Will Blow

One wind energy company with operations in Oklahoma has learned to forecast the wind—-when it will blow and when it might not. Xcel Energy Inc., based in Minneapolis serves customers in eight Midwestern and Western states. It is considered to be a major supplier of electricity in Colorado but also has operations in Texas. In …

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EDF Signs Deal to Provide More Wind Powered Electricity to Google

Already supplying electricity to Google in Oklahoma, EDF Renewable Energy has signed an agreement to supply more power from its new Glaciers Edge Wind Project in Iowa. The project is located in northwest Iowa’s Cherokee County and should be online by December 2019.  EDF said the additional capacity of 200 megawatts of wind energy will …

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Sierra Club Fights for State Approval of Largest Wind Project in Nation

The Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club has launched an effort to get people to sign a petition urging the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to sign off on the largest wind energy project in the U.S. In an email message this week, Oklahoma Chapter Director Johnson Bridgwater said the Wind Catcher project proposed in the Panhandle …

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Enel Green Power Starts Work on Firm’s First Wind Farm in Nebraska

Wind power giant, Enel Green Power North America, Inc. has started construction on its first wind farm in the state of Nebraska. Work begins nearly a year after the company completed and connected to the grid the Drift Sand and Chisholm View II wind power plants in northern Oklahoma. Chisholm View II is an expansion …

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$1 billion Wind Turbine Replacement Project Underway in Iowa

What happens when wind turbines get old?  If they belong to MidAmerican Energy based in Iowa, they are refurbished as part of a $1 billion updating project announced by the company. It plans to update more than 700 older wind turbines across Iowa. The company will start on three wind farms built in 2004 in …

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Osage County Wind Farm Fight Sees Another Challenge

The fight over a wind farm in Osage County took another step this week when the Osage Minerals Council argued the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong in staying a ruling that said the wind farm operators should have obtained a mineral lease before starting construction. In a filing with the Denver Federal …

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Wind Industry Argues Removal of Sales Tax Exemption Should be “all or none”

The wind industry is still fighting the call by some legislators to remove a sales tax exemption on the industry saying if the exemption is removed from the wind industry, it should be removed from other energy industries. Mark Yates, Oklahoma Director of the Wind Coalition responded to an inquiry from OK Energy Today, calling …

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Legislators Criticized by Enid Economic Development Director for Targeting Wind Industry

An Enid economic development director says the contributions of the wind industry have been forgotten as legislators and special interests prioritize their own interests in dealing with a budget hole in the state government. Writing in the Sunday Oklahoman, Brent Kisling, executive director of the Enid Regional Development Alliance charged that anti-wind forces want to …

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Denver Federal Appeals Court Rejects Appeal in Osage County Wind Farm Fight

The Denver Federal Appeals court ruling against wind farm developers in Osage County will apparently stand. The Tenth Circuit Court rejected the appeal this week of the developers in the court’s ruling that said they should have obtained a mineral lease from the Osage Nation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs before construction of the …

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Wind Industry Spokesman Labels Legislative Opponent “Dr. Kevorkian” of Oklahoma Economy

Wind Coalition leader Jeff Clark makes it clear what he thinks of one legislator and others fighting the wind industry in Oklahoma. Over the weekend in an interview with Scott Mitchell’s “Hot Seat” on News 9, Clark called Rep. Mark McBride the “Doctor Kevorkian” of the Oklahoma economy. His reference came after the Moore legislator recently called …

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