Albuquerque Considers Pledge of 25% Electricity from Solar Power

    The City of Albuquerque, New Mexico is considering a move to joint other communities in setting goals to acquire more electricity from renewable resources including solar production. The City council voted recently to delay a decision for two weeks on a resolution to get at least 25 percent of the electricity from solar …

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OK House Amends SB 1577 to Provide $12.5 Million Tax Credit Cap for At-Risk Wells

In a shocking move while burning the midnight oil prior to sine die adjournment, the Oklahoma House of Representatives suspended the rules late Thursday night and introduced an untimely filed amendment to Senate Bill 1577 which aims to cap the at-risk oil and gas well tax credit at $12.5 million annually for calendar years 2015-2020. …

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SandRidge Uses Bankruptcy to Fight Conspiracy Lawsuit in Duncan

  An attorney who filed a class-action lawsuit in southern Oklahoma accusing SandRidge Energy of the same kind of conspiracy allegations leveled in federal lawsuits does not believe the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy will affect his suit. Attorney Jim Sill responded after SandRidge attorneys filed a stay for the suit in Stephens county, according to a …

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Record Holiday Travel Predicted by AAA

The American Automobile Association predicts the nation’s Memorial Day travel this year will be the heaviest in eleven years. More than 38 million are expected to travel and that is the second-highest number on record. AAA Oklahoma indicated the high volume of travel is spurred by the lowest gasoline prices in more than a decade. …

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Waiting Game for Continental Resources in the Bakken

  It’s all about profit when it comes to drilling for oil and natural gas and producing it.  Ask any of the energy producers who have gone to Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy. It’s also how the big companies continue to exist—making sure there is profit when a well is completed and starts producing. A report …

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Aeronautics Commission Education Program Deadline May 31

Oklahoma’s Aeronautics Commission is preparing to wrap up its application acceptance for FY 17 Aviation Education Program. Sandra Shelton with the Commission says the deadline for teachers and others to apply is May 31. The funding is part of more than $200,000 provided by the agency in the coming 12 months to programs statewide aimed …

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Man Pleads Guilty in 5-State Cooking Oil Theft Ring

It was a southwest Missouri case involving the theft of oil, but not the kind of oil that comes out of the ground. The last of the men arrested in a more than $5 million cooking oil theft ring has pleaded guilty in Joplin, Missouri, admitting he stole used cooking oil from restaurants and sold …

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Ethanol Production in the U.S. Drops Again

Another down week for ethanol production in the U.S. as the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports production was down 14,000 barrels a day from the previous week. The production ending May 13 averaged 948,000 barrels a day or 39.82 million gallons. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 940,000 barrels a day which translates …

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Inhofe’s Senate Committee Passes Bipartisan Nuclear Modernization Bill

  Coming out of Sen. Jim Inhofe’s Senate Environment and Public Works Committee—a bipartisan Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act. The measure will create a new licensing framework for advanced reactors at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Sen. Inhofe, chairman of the Committee, was jointed by Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mike Crap (R-ID) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) in …

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New Drone Bill Signed into Law by Gov. Fallin

  Oklahoma Gov.Mary Fallin signed a drone bill into law this week, one defining the prohibition of flights over certain critical infrastructure facilities. She signed House Bill 2599 into law on Wednesday, the only measure to be made law that day. It will be effective Nov. 1, 2016. The unmanned aircraft bill, as it was …

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