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Wind farm abandons tax avoidance tactic that threatened school funding

Brian Hermanson, the Kay County district attorney, said he was shocked that Rock Falls Wind Farm and Blackwell Economic Development Authority officials came up with the tax avoidance plan in secret and then sprang it on county officials at the last minute. “They didn’t tell us about it until it was all over and the wind farm was built and it was time to assess,” he said. “I was shocked at the manner they did it. I was shocked that they would try to cut the school systems from the money they had coming and the county health system from what they had coming and county government, for that matter.”
11 Nov 2018

Newkirk superintendent: Property tax battle ‘going to crush us’

Pending lawsuits over a northern Oklahoma wind farm’s property tax liability could have more than $1 million worth of implications for state education funding, according to Brady Barnes, superintendent of Newkirk Public Schools. But while the suits await action in court, leaders of Kay and Grant counties, the Oklahoma State Department of Education and a subsidiary of Électricité de France are attempting to strike some sort of agreement that would prevent what Barnes says could be a $550,000 impact on his district come January.
9 Nov 2018

EDF to reverse Rock Falls Wind Farm property tax appeal

Energy company EDF Renewables intends to reverse its controversial Rock Falls Wind Farm bond agreement that had complicated school financial situations for northern Oklahoma districts, according to company representatives. The decision was made after an Oct. 24 meeting with school superintendents and will likely preserve revenues for those districts.
9 Nov 2018

AG allows more time for wind farm plan

The state will extend the deadline for NextEra Energy Resources and the Department of Defense to reach an agreement on a mitigation plan regarding a wind farm near Hinton that is along a route of airspace the military uses for training.  ...Hunter announced Oct. 2 that NextEra Energy Resources and Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission had agreed to halt the work.
15 Oct 2018

Fight to stop a wind farm expansion blown before two state commissions

The headwinds one wind developer is facing as it attempts to build a project in western Oklahoma are only getting stiffer. To date, NextEra Energy's proposed Minco IV and Minco V wind farms have prompted the town of Hinton to pass an ordinance that declares commercial wind turbines a nuisance and resulted in the filing of two federal lawsuits..... more  [truncated due to possible copyright]  
26 Sep 2018

Rep. Russell on Hinton Wind turbine construction

Federal law doesn't force a developer to hold off on construction until they have a 'no hazard' designation, but members of Oklahoma's Congressional delegation say that would be the right thing to do, and say it's sad that a company like NextEra, would take federal renewable energy tax credits with one hand and harm our national security with the other. 
20 Sep 2018

Florida Based Energy Company Violates New Law

Ok-agletter-nextera-violation_thumb The actions of a Florida-based energy company are proving to be a test case for a new law intended to protect what many believe is Oklahoma's most valuable military asset -- air space. A News 9 investigation reveals the company, NextEra Energy, is putting up new wind turbines without the needed federal approval, in violation of a recently approved state law.
31 Aug 2018

PSO pulls plug on massive Wind Catcher energy project

There were legal problems with the project that conflicted with Oklahoma rules and law because the project hadn't been competitively bid and because work on it had started before PSO had filed its cost recovery request. State officials also questioned whether customers would financially benefit from the project during its 25-year life.
28 Jul 2018

'It feels good to breathe again': Local opponents respond to news of Wind Catcher project cancellation after failed Texas vote

On Friday, American Electric Power and its subsidiary Public Service Company of Oklahoma announced that they have cancelled the Wind Catcher wind power project after a failed vote in Texas delivered a fatal blow. ...“So it’s over? It’s done? That is so wonderful. That’s excellent,” resident Marta Koenig said upon hearing the news. She learned that the line might cross her property and had attended the court hearing to learn what she could, even though she had learned that the line might not cross her property after all.
28 Jul 2018

AEP cancels Wind Catcher Project

Company remains focused on 5-7 percent earnings growth through investments to improve service for customers COLUMBUS, Ohio – American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) is canceling the Wind Catcher project as a result of the Public Utility Commission of Texas’ July 26 decision to deny approval of the project. The project had been approved by the Arkansas Public Service Commission, Louisiana Public Service Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. A decision was pending at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
27 Jul 2018

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