Category: Wind Energy

Western Oklahoma wind farms affect Air Force training

An investigation by News 9 TV in Oklahoma City recently showed the impact the wind farm industry is having on Air Force training bases. As reporter Alex Cameron learned during a flight in a T-38 fighter jet out of Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas just across the Red River, pilots have to …

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Governor signs bill protecting military bases from wind farm encroachment

Governor Kevin Stitt has signed a bill into law creating clarification on wind farm development so it does not interfere with military air bases in the state. He signed House Bill 2118 which will require wind farm developers to first obtain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and the State’s Military Aviation and Installation Assurance …

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Southern Oklahoma wind farm to be built by ALLETE Clean Energy

Apex Clean Energy today announced the sale of Diamond Spring Wind to ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE (NYSE: ALE). The transaction includes 15-year power purchase agreements that Apex negotiated with two Fortune 500 companies (to be announced at a later date). The success of Diamond Spring Wind, a 303 MW project …

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Ball Corporation Uses Oklahoma Wind to Meet 2021 Energy Sustainability Goal

Oklahoma wind and Texas solar developments now play a vital role in Ball Corporation’s energy sustainability plan. The Colorado-based beverage packaging and aerospace company announced Thursday that it will purchase 388 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy under two new wind and solar power agreements to address 100% of the North American electricity load utilized …

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Illinois creates law ending tough restrictions on wind farm development

The state of Illinois has a new law streamlining the zoning rules to allow more wind farm development. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation last week that allows only counties and municipalities to set standards for wind farm development. The law prevents townships from having authority over the location of the wind farms. The governor and …

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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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