Category: Solar Energy in Oklahoma

State Senator wants renewable energy land leases unitized to be more equitable

  A bill before the Oklahoma legislature would unitize wind and solar farm leases much the way unitization is implemented for oil and gas production. It might result in changes to the way Oklahoma landowners are paid for such renewable energy leases. SB770 was filed by Oklahoma City Democratic Sen. Carri Hicks and if approved, …

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Governor calls for diversification of Oklahoma’s energy grid

  In his State of the State address Monday to the Oklahoma legislature, Gov. Kevin Stitt spoke of protecting Oklahomans and promoting freedoms and for more steps to promote excellence in education. He touched on energy a few times in his speech to the 59th Legislature. At one point, the governor said, “Let’s continue to …

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Kansas considers conflict-of-interest bill for wind and solar projects

  Legislators in Kansas are considering a bill aimed at conflict-of-interest reporting requirements for public officials who might gain financially from wind or solar projects. The pending bill would prohibit elected officials from voting to approve such projects and if they violate the law, they would be forced to resign reported the Kansas Reflector. Click …

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EIA—More than half of new U.S. electric-generating capacity in 2023 will be solar

    The federal government says solar power projects will increase markedly this year across the U.S. A report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration state that developers plan to add 54.5 gigawatts (GW) of new utility-scale electric-generating capacity to the U.S. power grid in 2023, according to the Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory. More …

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Energy headlines

** The U.S. EPA confirms it’s investigating claims that Texas regulators aren’t doing enough to enforce clean air and water rules. ** A bipartisan group of senators are introducing a bill aimed at limiting the sales of oil from the country’s emergency supply to entities controlled by China. The bill was put forward Wednesday and spearheaded by Sens. …

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Bill filed to end residential solar power bans

  A bill was filed prior to the start of the Oklahoma legislative session to end housing restrictions against residential solar power projects. Ardmore Rep. Tammy Townley filed House Bill 1023 which provides that an owners association, such as an HOA, may not prohibit the installation of solar energy systems. “This bill mirrors the Texas …

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Did renewable energy fail or succeed in recent U.S. winter storm?

    A report suggests that perhaps renewable energy did better than expected last month when Winter Storm Elliott brought extreme cold weather, winds and storm to a large part of the nation. While some reports said the nation’s renewable energy sources failed and resulted in rolling blackouts, others indicated they exceeded expectations reported the …

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Energy headlines

** The five biggest oil majors in the world are expected to report record profits for 2022 in the coming days, for around $200 billion in combined yearly earnings thanks to the jump in oil and gas prices last year. ** Exxon Mobil Corp disclosed on Monday its plan to start operations at its large-scale …

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Large Colorado battery project launched by Xcel Energy

  Xcel Energy is expanding the monster renewable energy project it has near Pueblo, Colorado. The company announced it will build a 10-megawatt battery array the size of a football field near its Comanche coal-fired power complex in Pueblo reported The Colorado Sun. Click here for Colorado Sun

Evergy blames renewable energy additions and inflation for higher capital expenditures

    Capital expenditure plans by Evergy, the largest electricity utility in Kansas, grew more than $1 billion and the giant company blames inflation as well as the addition of more renewable energy. It could result in higher electricity rates this year in Kansas reported the Kansas Reflector. Click here for Kansas Reflector