US battery supplies could be affected by coronavirus

The impact of the coronavirus in China….it could eventually affect lithium battery production worldwide, and in the United States. It’s what analysts are suggesting as the virus continues to grow and claim more lives in China.   Eight provinces in China announced work stoppages because of the coronavirus, including the Jiangsu province, which houses several …

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Regulators to review PSO’s $2 billion wind energy projects

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission meets Thursday to consider the request of Public Service Company of Oklahoma for approval of cost recovery of its $2 billion wind energy plan. PSO, a subsidiary of AEP is acquiring three planned Oklahoma wind farms known as the North Central Energy Facilities. One is the Sundance Wind farm near Alva. …

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Are Oklahomans ready for self-driving cars on the streets?

  It’s a question being asked by the transportation officials and experts in Oklahoma…..is the state ready for self-driving cars on our streets? AAA Oklahoma will hold the state’s first public forum focused on the transformation of transportation in Oklahoma. It’s entitled “Technology Takes the Wheel” and will be held Thursday, Feb. 20 in Norman. …

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Energy news in brief

** Invenergy says discussions are underway with Missouri internet providers to provide broadband infrastructure along the Grain Belt Express transmission project.  **Minnesota solar jobs declined nearly 6% in 2019 while the sector grew more than 2% nationally, according to a Solar Foundation report. ** A city outside Omaha, Nebraska, receives state funding from Volkswagen settlement funds to add level 2 and level 3 …

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Farm Bureau leader fights eminent domain in Missouri’s wind power project

The President of the Missouri Farm Bureau writes that rural Missourians are united against giving the power of eminent domain to the company building the massive power line to move wind powered electricity from western Kansas to Illinois and Indiana. The Grain Belt Express, a proposed $2.5 billion, 780-mile transmission line, would bring cheap wind energy …

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Solar tax credit bill makes its way through New Mexico legislature

New Mexico legislators are reviewing a bill to bring back a solar energy tax credit which ended in2016. Senate Bill 29, already passed by the state Senate was approved this week in a House Committee. Senate Bill 29, sponsored New Mexico Sen. Mimi Stewart (D-17) would bring back a tax credit for energy consumers who …

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Sen. Lankford to hold Community Conversation in Ponca City

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford plans to meet with northern Oklahoma residents on Thursday, February 20. His office announced the Republican Junior Senator from the state will hold a public, town-hall style Community Conversation in Ponca City. It will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Standing Bear Museum, 601 Standing Bear Parkway in Ponca City.

Kansas set to get its largest commercial solar farm

Kansas is about to get its largest commercial solar project—a 20 megawatt power provider in the far southwest corner of the state. The Johnson Corner Solar Project is an effort of Sunflower Electric Power in a joint venture with Lightsource according to KSNW TV news. The solar project is located west of Johnson City in Stanton …

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Devon reports increased oil production and cash flow and increased growth expectations

With $1 billion in upstream revenue in the fourth quarter and a 28 percent year-over-year increase in oil production, Oklahoma City’s Devon Energy on Tuesday declared a 22 percent increase in its quarterly dividend reaching 11 cents. The company’s fourth quarter results showed its operating cash flow expanded year over year to $579 million while …

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Congresswoman Horn opposes fracking ban

Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry called on Rep. Kendra Horn to publicly oppose her party’s radical plan to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing in oil and natural gas development. And she responded by saying she will not support the ban. But her decision was made before the call from the oil and gas group. Rep. …

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