Category: Wind Energy

Cold enough this year to stop wind turbines in North Dakota

When temperatures plunged to nearly zero in Oklahoma in the past several weeks, it was much colder in the upper Midwest. So cold, it stopped wind farm operations in North Dakota. Here’s how the Bismarck Tribune reported the story.  On any given day, the blades of 100 wind turbines that wrap around the central North …

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Top ten largest wind farms in the world

When it comes to large wind farms, Oklahoma’s wind powered projects pale in comparison to the top 10 largest farms in the world. Some are located in Texas but one of the largest in terms of size of land taken up by its wind turbines is the Fowler Ridge wind Farm in Indiana. It covers …

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Oklahoma wind farm operator opens latest venture in Minnesota

EDF Renewables North America, the company with at least four wind and solar projects operational in Oklahoma put another system into operation this week. The company announced its 100 megawatt Stoneray Wind Project in Pipestone and Murray counties in Southwestern Minnesota became fully operational. Its 39 wind turbines are providing power to Southern Minnesota Municipal …

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NextEra announces another wind farm in Oklahoma

Northern Oklahoma is getting another wind farm, one to be built by NextEra Energy in Garfield and Alfalfa counties. The company expects the 250-megawatt Skeleton Creek farm to be operational by the end of 2019. It will consist of 90 GE wind turbines and they will be located in the northwest corner of Garfield County …

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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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