Category Archive: Wind Energy

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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Speaker Awaits Governor’s Action on Early-End to Wind Tax Credits

Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall has good reason to be slightly anxious about the bill passed by the Senate in recent days and sent to Gov. Mary Fallin.

He is the author of House Bill 2298, the one that ends income tax credits for wind production more than three years ago.

At an end-of-the …

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Wind Farm Bills Passed in Oklahoma Senate and House

Two bills related to the wind industry won approval this week in the Oklahoma Senate and House.

House Bill 2298, the one targeting the zero-emission tax credit for wind farms was passed on a 40-3 vote in the Senate and sent to the governor. It moves up the qualification date to July 1, 2017, …

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Work Resumes on New Mexico’s Largest Wind Farm

The wind turbines are going up in New Mexico’s largest wind farm.

The final phase of construction at the $500 million El Cabo Wind Farm in Torrance County is getting underway and more construction workers are arriving this week.

State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn says a jobs report indicated 300 temporary construction jobs were …

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Firm Unloads $400 million in Wind Farms in Oklahoma and other States

Trying to cut its debt, Exelon Corporation, the nation’s largest utility owner is selling nearly half of its interest in a 1,300-megawatt renewable generation portfolio that includes its operations in Oklahoma.

John Hancock Life Insurance company is the buyer in the $400 million deal, according to documents on file with the Securities and Exchange …

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North Dakota Legislators Back Away from Wind vs. Coal Study

While the Oklahoma legislature’s moving ahead with reducing tax credits for the wind industry, North Dakota state legislators have decided to kill a long-term energy study that pitted the wind-energy industry against the coal industry.

The North Dakota State House voted this week against such a study as proposed in the State Senate.

Those …

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