Construction Starts on Largest Solar Energy Project in Midwest

Oklahoma has yet to get a commercial solar operation but solar remains of high interest in the Midwest.  Now construction has started on the largest solar energy project in the Midwest is underway in Chisago County, Minnesota. There, D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, LLC acquired the 100 MW North Star Solar Project from Community Energy, Inc. …

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Indian Energy Focus of Summit in Tulsa

National U.S. Energy Department officials are gathered this week in Tulsa for a summit on Indian Energy. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy is hosting the session entitled “Tribal Energy: Strategic Roadmap 2015” at the Reservation Economic Summit. It will continue through July 14. The last such National Tribal Energy Summit was …

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One Bankrupt Company Fighting Another Bankrupt Company

Oklahoma City-based SandRidge Energy Inc. finds itself in a legal battle with a geologic information company that filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the federal courts in Houston, Texas. It’s a case of one bankrupt company doing battle with another bankrupt company over a contract. WesternGeco LLC is asking a bankruptcy judge to allow the firm …

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Senators Contend Future is Bright for Nuclear Energy

Writing in the U.S. News and World Report recently, Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and three others boasted of a new nuclear renaissance, stating that the “future of nuclear energy in the U.S. is bright.” Inhofe was joined by Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Republican Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho and Sen. Cory …

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Small Business Operators Showing No Enthusiasm for Expansion

  As energy companies struggle in Oklahoma, a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business shows only a slight increase in business optimism across the state and the country. A “negligible increase showing no real enthusiasm for making capital outlays, increasing inventories or expanding,” is how the NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index put it. The …

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Pratt, Kansas Wind Farm Has Second Work Accident

The feds are investigating a wind farm operation near Pratt, Kansas where two workplace incidents have occurred in recent weeks including one where a worker fell 120 feet from a turbine and survived. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has started a probe at the Ninnescah Wind Farm in south central Kansas’ Pratt county. The …

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Oh Oh! Researcher Admits Mistake in Fracking Study Claims

Big mea culpas are coming from some scientists after admitting they made major mistakes, especially in the case of an Oregon State University researcher who claimed to have found environmentally harmful effects from fracking. Retraction Watch, a group devoted to such scientific mistakes is reporting major retractions on the part of the authors of two …

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NRC Plans Meeting to Discuss Regulatory Activities

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will meet with various stakeholders on Tuesday, July 26 in order to hear public comments and perspectives on the NRC’s regulatory activities, according to a press release issued on Monday. The 9 a.m. meeting will occur at the NRC Auditorium located at 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. The meeting will be …

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OGE Loses Appellate Battle on “Rights of First Refusal” in Transmission Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against Oklahoma Gas & Electric and other Southwest Power Pool utilities in a ruling that allows competitive bidding for transmission projects, according to a report published in The Oklahoman. The three-judge panel issued its decision on July 1 after oral arguments on May 4. The …

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Stubborn Attorneys General Could be Hit with Congressional Subpoena

The chairman of a U.S. House Committee whose members include Representatives Frank Lucas and Jim Bridenstine is threatening attorneys general in New York and Massachusetts with a subpoena to get information about their probes of Exxon Energy. Texas Rep. Lamar Smith has accused the attorneys general in the two states with stonewalling his committee’s requests …

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