Wind farm moratorium considered in Lincoln County


Enel Green Power has run into more opposition for another of its wind farms.

This time, the company’s Cedar Run Wind Project faces a possible moratorium on any wind farms in Lincoln County. County Commissioners have voiced their support for a moratorium and will officially decide next Tuesday in Chandler.

Apex Clean Energy has proposed the Sandstone Hills Wind farm where 80 to 100 wind turbines would be located in Lincoln County.

Residents near the site voiced their concerns at a meeting this week, reported KOKH 25 Fox news.

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma also indicated it stands with opponents to the proposed farms.

Apex Clean Energy issued a statement following the opposition that surfaced at the Monday meeting of Lincoln County Commissioners.

The company stated it came to the meeting to clarify confusion that exists between its project and the one by Enel Green Power.

“Obviously, we were surprised the commissioners brought up the possibility of a moratorium and county-wide zoning at the start of the meeting and that they might vote on that as soon as next week,” said the company in its statement.

“Since that decision effects (sic) landowner rights far beyond our project and comes at a cost to all residents, all we can do is urge those who weren’t present today to make their thoughts and interests known before next Tuesday’s meeting.”

Enel Green Power did not comment about the Monday opposition. The company recently lost a federal court battle over the wind turbines it constructed several years ago in Osage County where minerals are controlled by the Osage Indian Tribe. A judge ordered the firm to remove its 84 turbines but the company indicated it will likely appeal.