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Wind turbines are large, industrial machines, some reaching 300 feet in diameter. And the turbines don't come by themselves - the developments will include access roads, transmission lines and transformer stations. It may not be the worst kind of industrialization, but wind farms still amount to industrialization, says Don Wolfe, a researcher at the Sutton Avian Research Center in Bartlesville.
The Tennesseee Valley Authority favors a Houston company's effort to build an electrical connection between windmills in Oklahoma and Texas and power users in the Tennessee Valley. The proposed $3.5 billion project would use direct current rather than the alternating current.
While being grilled by Missouri regulators on the rising costs of planned transmission lines, Southwest Power Pool Inc.'s CEO and a senior vice president said Nov. 23 that they "don't know" why the initial cost estimates were not more rigorously examined for accuracy.
Clean Line's plan to transmit electricity for sale in other states "eliminates" it as a candidate for such status in Oklahoma, according to the OIPA motion. The groups also are concerned Clean Line is seeking utility status only so it can acquire condemnation powers.
We're not opposed to new energies, just the notion that taxpayers - and, potentially, a huge pool of rate payers - must subsidize their viability. Congress needs a thorough debate on this issue as well as other attempts to implement green and global warming policy through federal regulatory agencies.
The Chisholm View Wind Project, located in the Hunter and Kremlin area, covers 40,000 acres of leased land. TradeWind Energy, a company out of Lenexa, Kan., which has leased that land, may someday soon build wind turbines there to generate electricity.
It often seems as if the wind never stops blowing in Oklahoma.
"This is work that should have been done 10 years ago when the first wind turbines were going up," Adams said. Horton said lesser prairie chickens may be seen on wind farms, but studies have shown that they avoid vertical structures. "If you're not producing little prairie chickens pretty soon you don't have big prairie chickens," he said.
That's because general plans for the 345-kilovolt route, known as the V-Plan and including a connecting line into Oklahoma, appear to take the line through prime nesting and breeding habitat for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken in both states. With an estimated two-thirds of the unique bird's original habitat already eliminated by development, officials warn that further encroachment could place the bird on the nation's endangered species list.
Don't get me wrong. The donations are commendable. OG&E doesn't have to give away any money in compensation for pushing prairie chickens off their homes. No other energy company has stepped up to the plate with a similar gesture. But will it really save the birds?
Stocking is one of about 200 people on the e-mail list for the newly formed Southern Great Plains Property Rights Coalition, a group of landowners fighting for fair compensation as wind development changes the landscape.
He currently is involved in a lawsuit with OG&E, after a court-appointed land appraiser said Stocking should be paid $10,000 an acre for the strip of land the utility company took. According to Stocking, OG&E wants to pay him $2,000 an acre for the strip of land, and the case is apparently going to a jury trial because OG&E is contesting the appraiser's figure. No date has been set for the trial.
The application is an important first step in developing the line, which is designed to bring 7,000 megawatts in potential wind energy from the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas to Tennessee and markets in the Southeast. The project could take up to seven years to complete and cost $3.5 billion, according to Clean Line LLC.
A Texas company planning a $3.5 billion transmission line project has applied to become a public utility in Oklahoma. The application by Plains and Eastern Clean Line Oklahoma, which is an affiliate of Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners, with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is only the second of its kind ever attempted, commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Friday.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has signed off on a cost-sharing plan for $1.1 billion in electric transmission projects for Oklahoma and other states in the region. ...The six-project priority list was approved in April by the Southwest Power Pool's board of directors, contingent on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's signing off on a proposed cost-sharing plan that spread out the burden of upgrading the region's power grid.
A moratorium on a state wind energy tax credit still will go into effect July 1, but the length of time it will last has been cut in half. Curt Roggow, government relations consultant for The Wind Coalition and the city of Enid, said the state's moratorium on the production tax credit has been reduced from two years to one year, following state budget talks last week.
The Senate Bill 1267, which calls for the scrapping of a number of tax credits, has been approved by the Senate. It will reportedly save $25million, with $600,000 of that earmarked for the zero-emission facility tax credit. The zero-emission tax credit was passed in 2005.
Wind industry officials are worried that pending legislation to put a two-year moratorium on tax credits for electricity generated by zero emissions facilities could kill the industry's growth prospects in Oklahoma.
Wind-based energy could soon become a reality for Garfield County, but a potential moratorium on tax incentives for wind energy companies could impede the county's progress in that endeavor. If the bill is signed into law, it could mean a stop on certain tax credits, including the Production Tax Credit.
Oklahoma's House has passed a bill that creates a renewable energy standard and seeks to expand transmission capacity for further development of the state's abundant wind energy resource. The vote was 91-2. House Bill 3028, which creates the Oklahoma Energy Security Act, now goes to the Senate for consideration.