Library from Oklahoma

More wind farms coming

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.
19 Dec 2010

A habitat could be on the line

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.
5 Sep 2010

Local rancher, OG&E embroiled in dispute

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.
27 Jun 2010

Company applies for utility status

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.
26 Jun 2010

Texas company developing transmission lines files request to become an Oklahoma public utility

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.
26 Jun 2010

Federal regulators approve cost sharing for Oklahoma power projects

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.
18 Jun 2010

Moratorium on state wind energy tax credit cut in half

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.
9 Jun 2010
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