Category: Wind Energy

Oklahoma wind farm operators to face annual state fees

Wind farm operators in Oklahoma might have to start making a $2,000 annual payment to the state following the adoption of wind fee rules by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The $2,000 fee is for each facility and will fund oversight responsibilities for the commission. But the wind farm operators will also be charged $5,000 whenever …

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Wind Power day at the state capitol

Tuesday will be “Wind Day” at the state capitol as the industry plans a day of lobbying for support from legislators. More than 90 are expected to be part of the effort. The group OK WindPower will also release an updated economic impact statement. The new data will include current and projected positive economic impact …

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Kansas legislators hear complaints about the wind industry

Dozens of landowners and residents voiced their complaints against the wind industry this week at a Kansas legislative committee hearing on a bill proposing restrictions on new wind energy developments in the state. The property owners and others complained of the effect of wind farms and accused county officials of not standing up to large …

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Corporation Commission studies wind turbine fee

An Oklahoma Corporation Commission administrator is telling legislative leaders and others that a proposed $50 tax on every wind turbine in the state would raise less than $200,000 a year. Public Utilities Director Brady Wreath says administrative costs would be more than $225,000 a year. “While the requested $50 per turbine fee does not fully …

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Wind energy to surpass hydroelectric power in 2019

For electric-car drivers looking to emit less pollution as the drive, 2019 could be a banner year according to the online site, Green Car Reports. The U.S. electric grid has been getting gradually greener as utilities replace coal fired powerplants with primarily wind and natural gas. That trend is due to reach a tipping point …

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Sierra Club congratulates Oklahoma wind industry

Anheuser Busch, makers of the Budweiser brand of beers, recently unveiled its 2019 Super Bowl commercial, which features Clydesdales, wind turbines, and Bob Dylan, proclaiming that Anheuser Busch “now brews with wind power for a better tomorrow.” The renewable energy behind the ad is theThunder Ranch wind farm, a 300 MW project in north central Oklahoma …

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Oklahoma wind power and Budweiser to be a part of the Superbowl

Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin showed he’s a big fan of Oklahoma’s wind industry with a tweet on Tuesday. “Proud to hear that #SuperBowlLIII will be powered by #OK #windenergy! Great to see @AnheuserBusch team up with Enel Green Power & see Enel donate power from their Thunder Ranch wind farm to keep the lights on …

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Wind firm makes ‘Most Admired’ list

Xcel Energy, a wind company with more than 200 miles of electric transmission lines in Oklahoma was recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. It is the fifth consecutive year the company made the national magazine’s list and is ranked the second most admired electrical and gas company in the …

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Taxing wind electricity—a fight’s underway in Wyoming

Oklahoma isn’t the only state looking at the wind industry with critical legislation.  Wyoming is too and a fight is brewing over wind and higher taxes. As OK Energy Today has reported about several bills aimed at the wind industry, in Wyoming, legislators are looking at increasing  the tax on wind.  Wyoming is one of …

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NextEra continues national growth while fighting Oklahoma over air space

While NextEra Energy Inc. continues its fight with the state over construction of wind farms that might interfere in the path of flyways for Vance Air Force Base, the company is expanding its operations throughout the rest of the U.S. The company has reported a record year for new renewable projects in 2018. It added …

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