Category Archive: Wind Energy

Grassley Upset about Energy Department Wind and Grid Study

With his state generating the second-most wind power of any state in country, Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley sent a letter this week to Energy Secretary Rick Perry expressing concern over an upcoming analysis of grid reliability.

In his letter, the Republican Senator called it “a hastily developed study” that “appears geared to undermine …

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Democrats Fought and Lost Effort to Block Bill Removing Sales Tax Exemption for Oklahoma Wind Farms

 

The call by Democrats in the Oklahoma House to raise the gross production tax on oil and gas is affecting nearly every revenue bill being voted on this week.  While they helped kill the governor’s bill creating a $1.50-a-pack cigarette tax, they also nearly killed a bill remove the sales tax exemption on …

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Judge Takes Wind Out of Lawsuit Against City of Hinton

The nationwide wind farm company known as NextEra has lost a federal lawsuit it filed against the city of Hinton after Hinton created an ordinance banning wind farms within 2 miles of the city limits.

Oklahoma City U.S. District Judge Stephen P. Friot issued the ruling on Friday after Hinton city leaders asked to …

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No New Wind Farms Built in Oklahoma in 1st Q of 2017….But Kansas Saw Significant Growth

Kansas grabbed a lot of the headlines in this week’s release of the first quarter 2017 Market report from the American Wind Energy Association.

The report showed Kansas finished behind only Texas in new wind installations during the quarter. Nearly 500 MW of new in-state capacity came online and the state will soon top …

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Wind Coalition Groups Trade Competing Ads Over Tax Credits, Impact on Revenue

Although legislation was signed last month by Governor Mary Fallin to end the zero-emissions tax credit on July 1, wind energy advocates are not signaling defeat. Instead, one group is gearing up for an all-out war that will play out through the local media, according to a report by …

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NextEra Considers Closing of Inefficient Power Plants While Expanding in Oklahoma and Elsewhere

NextEra, the Florida-based energy company with wind farms in western Oklahoma is hinting that its wind, solar and natural gas operations are doing so well economically, the company might shut down some of its inefficient power plants.

John Ketchum, NextEra’s chief financial officer said the shutdown might include nuclear, oil and natural gas operations. …

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Red Dirt Wind Farm Under Construction in Kingfisher and Logan Counties

Less than 24 hours after Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation ending the zero-emissions tax credit for the wind industry three years early, a power company with more than 100 renewable energy power plants across 23 states announced Tuesday it has begun construction on a new 61,000-acre wind farm project in central Oklahoma valued at …

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Wind Operator Attempts to Get Lawsuit Dismissed from Federal Court

 

While attorneys for NextEra Energy Resources prepare to defend their lawsuit against the city of Hinton next month, they are busy attempting to get another lawsuit dismissed in Oklahoma City federal court.

They’ve submitted a motion to have the lawsuit filed by the Scenic Prairie Preservation Association dismissed. The Association sued NextEra, the largest …

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May Court Date Set in Hinton’s Fight with Wind Farm

 

A federal judge in Oklahoma City has set a May hearing date in the legal fight between the city of Hinton and a wind energy company.

U.S. District Judge Stephen P. Friot on Monday set May 12 at 3 p.m. for a hearing to consider a motion by Hinton to dismiss the lawsuit …

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Oklahoma Governor Signs House Bill 2298 to Fast Track Wind Tax Credits by July 1

Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation on Monday which will sunset the wind industry tax credits effective July 1, 2017.

House Bill 2298, authored by Speaker Charles McCall and …

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