Articles filed under General from Oklahoma

Researchers found they could hack entire wind farms

On a sunny day last summer, in the middle of a vast cornfield somewhere in the large, windy middle of America, two researchers from the University of Tulsa stepped into an oven-hot, elevator-sized chamber within the base of a 300-foot-tall wind turbine. They’d picked the simple pin-and-tumbler lock on the turbine’s metal door in less than a minute and opened the unsecured server closet inside.
29 Jun 2017

Kingfisher Wind: No completion by end-of-year deadline

An Oklahoma wind project in Canadian and Kingfisher County will not be completed by its deadline, according to an Apex Clean Line Energy official. Apex spokeswoman Davhi Wilson said construction with the Kingfisher Wind facility is ongoing, even though it was scheduled to be completed before the end of 2015.
28 Dec 2015

Osage County plans advanced for 2nd wind farm

Tradewind is prepared to proceed with construction of Mustang Run even though an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling is still pending. Completion of the project in 2016 would allow it to receive some significant state tax credits that are scheduled to expire at the end of next year.
19 Jul 2015

One man working behind-the-scenes to halt Oklahoma wind energy

Oklahoma has quietly become the 4th largest wind producing state in America after jumping several states in the rankings over the past few years. The panhandle and the northeastern part of the state have been seen as promising areas for further development, with strong winds and nearby transmission lines that enable cheap, clean electricity.  
30 Mar 2015

Wind farm bill moves forward

The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 11-2 on Tuesday for House Bill 1549, which would restrict how close giant wind turbines can be built near airports, hospitals and schools, and to require wind energy producers to notify nearby property owners before construction. The bill also requires a public hearing to be held prior to a wind turbine being installed.
28 Feb 2015

BIA Superintendent halts Wind Farm construction

Osageletter_thumb The limestone underneath the surface had been crushed and piled around the wind turbine foundation. The Osage Nation owns all the minerals under the surface to make up the Osage Minerals Estate. Without a Sandy Soil Permit granted from the Osage Agency, construction cannot proceed.
14 Oct 2014

BIA fields wind complaint

Osage Nation Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear filed a complaint with the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday, alleging that the company actively building a wind farm west of Pawhuska might be crushing limestone excavated from the area and using it in wind turbine foundations. ...‘They are using our rock for their business. That requires a permit and it requires an environmental assessment, and that’s that,” Standing Bear said. “if this company believes the rules don’t apply to them, then we have a real problem on our hands.”
6 Oct 2014

Wind energy proves a problem, not panacea

But, as states such as Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas are discovering, there is no such thing as free electricity – in addition to the financial costs, there are political and environmental costs associated with even the most renewable sources. And politicians are beginning to see the truth that executives of renewable energy companies are just as invested in the success of their corporations as those who run coal companies. The struggle for that kind of power will go on no matter what source of energy the politicians back next.
3 Oct 2014

Mineral rights violation alleged at wind farm site

In a letter dated Sept. 29, Standing Bear informed Osage Agency Superintendent Robin Phillips about a report his office received alleging “an unauthorized taking of Osage minerals” from northwestern Osage County land that is being leased for the proposed project by TradeWinds Energy.
2 Oct 2014

A decade after welcoming wind, states reconsider

Today, many of the same political leaders who initially welcomed the wind industry want to regulate it more tightly, even in red states like Oklahoma, where candidates regularly rail against government interference. The change of heart is happening as wind farms creep closer to more heavily populated areas.
1 Oct 2014

As Oklahoma wind industry matures, some call for greater regulation

After more than a decade of rapid growth in Oklahoma, the wind industry is like a teenager that might need some guidance as its developments grow closer to populated areas and conflicts arise. That was among the opinions offered Thursday at a packed meeting at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to study wind farm siting, notification of landowners and decommissioning.
11 Sep 2014

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