Category: Wind Energy

Time’s running out for wind operators to get federal tax credit

Wind farm operators in Oklahoma and other states who intend to build new facilities are facing a year’s end deadline if they want to get a federal tax break before it expires. The federal renewable electricity production tax credit or PTC has a deadline of Dec. 31, 2019. Operators who begin construction of wind farms …

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Anti-wind bills filed in the Oklahoma legislature

Five bills introduced in the Oklahoma legislature by four state Senators are targeting the wind industry. The bills created additional requirements for airport setbacks, fees for conversion to direct current electricity from wind farms and decreasing the time for the decommissioning of a wind farm. Broken Arrow Sen. Nathan Dahm’s Senate Bill 964 would require …

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EDF buys its first wind farm in Nebraska

EDF Renewables North America, a California firm with wind farm experience in Oklahoma has picked up another wind farm—this one in Nebraska. It’s closed on a deal with York Nebraska Wind Partners, LLC  to buy the 300 megawatt Milligan 1 Wind Project which should be ut into full operation in late 2020. The project is …

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Enel Green begins work on its largest US wind farm

  Enel Green Power North America, the Italian based wind farm company with major operations in Oklahoma has started construction of what will become the firm’s largest wind farm in the U.S. Located in Upton and Crockett Counties in Texas, the 450-MH High Lonesome wind farm will cost an estimated $600 million. It will be …

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PSO is not giving up on building more wind farms in Oklahoma

After pulling the plug on its massive and controversial Wind Catcher wind project in the Oklahoma Panhandle, Public Service Company of Oklahoma is returning with another effort to create for wind energy resources. In an announcement this week, PSO said it was requesting proposals for additional wind energy resources to be in commercial operation by …

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Talks continue between military and NextEra over Western Oklahoma wind farm

It seems as if there is no end to the continuation of extensions of negotiations between NextEra Energy and the Department of Defense over the wind company’s construction that reportedly interferes with military flight paths in Oklahoma. State Attorney General Mike Hunter has announced yet another extension of the deadline to reach a mitigation plan …

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Spanish company starts work on its second wind farm in Texas

The Spanish energy company Acciona Energia has started construction on a $200 million wind farm in far south Texas near the border city of Brownsville. Palmas Altas is the company’s second wind farm in Texas and will have a capacity of nearly 145 megawatts produced from 46 wind turbines. It will also be the firm’s …

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Wind farm opposition grows in North Dakota

To those who live on the East and West Coasts, wind energy is their environmental god. But in the heart of the U.S. where the wind farms are located, there is growing resentment. The question arises—-should rural America have a say about massive wind farms that obliterate their view of natural hills and prairie? It’s …

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Legislator settles lawsuit over tracking controversy

A published report indicated that Rep. Mark McBride of Moore has made a financial settlement in his lawsuit against a Texas political consultant who allegedly put a tracking device on the legislator’s pickup truck. The Oklahoman reports McBride would not comment on the settlement with George Shipley of Austin, Texas.  McBride was known for his …

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Wind farm owner to stand trial in February on $1 million fraud scheme charges

  A former Minnesota wind farm owner and operator charged with a $1 million fraud scheme is reportedly headed to trial in the coming year. Kerry Dale Kisslinger, 58, is a former owner and CEO of ES Windpower, Inc. and was indicted in November. His company sold wind turbines to farmers and ranchers throughout the …

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