Category Archive: Wind Energy

Oklahoma Wind Farm Operator Expands With $250 million Purchase

With at least eight wind farms in Oklahoma, Enel Green Power North America has expanded its wind energy holdings with a $250 million purchase of EnerNOC, a smart energy management company based in Boston.

Enel Green Power is a subsidiary of Enel Group, an Italian utility giant. The acquisition will make the Enel Group …

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Despite Opposing a Wind Farm, US Senator is Named to Save Energy Board

Maybe U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander had a good reason to oppose a $100 million wind farm proposed by NextEra Energy in his home state of Tennessee. But there appears to be a bit of contradiction this week when he was named as one of seven new Directors to the Alliance to Save Energy.

The …

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California Firm Sells Half Ownership in NW Oklahoma Wind Farm

The sales price was not announced but EDF Renewable Energy, based in San Diego, California announced it has sold 50 percent interest in Great Western Wind Project based in Woodward an Ellis counties in northwest Oklahoma.

Alliant Energy Corporation located in Madison, Wisconsin bought the 50% ownership in the 225 megawatt wind farm. The …

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Apex Energy “Folds” in Wind Energy Fight But Not in Oklahoma

Maybe it’s a matter of knowing when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em in one wind energy battle.

With at least 9 projects in operation or still under construction in Oklahoma, Apex Clean Energy Inc. based in Charlottesville, Virginia has suspended construction of a $100 million wind farm in east-central Tennessee.

The …

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General Mills Inks Wind Power Contract in Texas

The growth of the wind industry in the U.S. isn’t letting up. Witness the 15-year wind power purchase deal General Mills just made with Renewable Energy Systems, an agreement that will help in the construction of the Cactus Flats wind project in Texas.

The 150-megawatt Cactus Flats wind project is being developed in Concho …

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NextEra Energy Loses a 2nd Round in Wind Farm Battle at Hinton


Shot down again—-the largest wind development company in the U.S. as it seeks to expand wind farm operations in western Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton has ruled against NextEra Energy’s efforts to dismiss a ruling earlier this year against the company as it continues a fight with the City of …

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Turbine Blade Failures Rare But Happen

As NextEra Energy investigates the cause of a broken wind turbine blade at its Enid wind farm, similar incidents may help explain why some of the equipment failures occur.

Although turbine blade failures are considered rare, structural failures like the recent incident at NextEra Energy’s Breckinridge wind farm project have been reported.

GE Turbine Blade Failure Reported at NextEra Energy’s Enid Wind Farm Project

Florida-based NextEra Energy is investigating an incident involving a catastrophic turbine blade at its Breckinridge wind farm project in Garfield County, according to a report by Ryan Miller of The Enid News & Eagle.

Data from NextEra turbine monitors revealed the unit went offline on Wednesday night around 10 p.m. The damaged GE blade …

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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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