Category: Wind Energy

SE Oklahoma wind farm becomes operational

Oklahoma’s latest wind farm to start generating electricity is the 100-megawatt Wildhorse Mountain Wind Facility in Pushmataha County. Wildhorse is owned by Southern Power which announced this week the wind farm became operational. Power from the operation is being supplied to the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. under a 20-year contract. The farm is comprised of …

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$2 billion wind farm plan proposed by AEP and PSO

  American Electric Power Co. Inc., one of the nation’s largest utility companies and highest-profile emitters, is facing yet another multibillion-dollar test to see how fast it can shift from coal to renewables. This time, it looks like AEP might succeed according to a report by Energy Wire. A roughly $2 billion proposal in the …

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Wind industry challenged with how to dispose of turbine blades

The wind industry is one of the strongest supported renewable energy industries in the U.S. but there’s one matter that is a challenge to the industry. What to do with old wind blades that are no longer usable and to find a way to recycle them. As Bloomberg News reported this week, an estimated 8,000 …

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Oklahoma renewable power adds to list of Top Ten Energy Buyers

  Many of those deals cut by Amazon, Facebook, Walmart and numerous other national companies for electricity from wind farms in Oklahoma make up a new report on 2019’s Top 10 Large Energy Buyers. Two of the top-ten companies have major power purchasing contracts in Oklahoma. The report from the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance showed …

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AEP subsidiary to buy power from newest Kansas wind farm near Oklahoma state line

  A subsidiary of AEP, the parent company of Public Service Company of Oklahoma has signed a power purchase agreement with Evergy from its new Flat Ridge 3 wind project being built in southern Kansas close to the Oklahoma state line. AEP Renewables signed the deal to buy power from the 62-wind turbine farm near …

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Wind farm operator gets first woman CEO

Minnesota-based Allete Inc., the company that owns the Diamond Spring Wind farm located east of Ardmore, Oklahoma has its first woman CEO. Allete is the parent company of Minnesota Power and company president Bethany Owen became the first woman to hold the position. She replaces Al Hodnik who is retiring. “I am humbled and excited …

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Government to study better transportation of wind tower blades

The federal government’s picked GE Renewables for a $5 million study of how to move those giant wind farm blades up and down the highways of America. Trucks towing the massive blades are seen almost daily moving up and down Interstate 35 carrying the blades from Texas to Oklahoma and other states where wind farms …

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Need grows for wind power transmission line development in Kansas

  Kansas’ position as the nation’s top wind energy producer in terms of electricity generation adds pressure to expand transmission infrastructure to reduce in-state congestion and push power to urban centers to the east, a wind industry analyst contends. Kimberly Svaty, who represents the 35-member Kansas Power Alliance, said Monday updated statistics would likely show …

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What wind supporters plan to lobby for and against in the 2020 legislative session

Oklahoma legislators only have to read this week’s Journal Record to learn what wind supporters plan to lobby them about in the coming legislative session. Wind farm property tax valuation and the proposed 1.5 mile setback from private airports. Here’s how the Journal Record reported it:   OKLAHOMA CITY – The state of investment in …

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SE Nebraska residents want tighter wind farm restrictions

Residents of a southeast Nebraska county are still urging county leaders to adopt more restrictive requirements for wind farms. As the Hastings Tribune recently reported, Gage County Planning and Zoning officials have received more pressure from residents who want at least a mile setback of turbines from homes.   Prairie Wind Watchers is the group …

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