Category: Wind Energy

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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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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