HINTON, Oklahoma - Homeowners in Western Oklahoma are divided over wind energy. While many property owners are leasing their land for wind turbines, others are trying to escape their shadow.
Library filed under Property Values from Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Tax Commission has said it expects to pay nearly $12 million to producers of renewable energy — mostly wind farms — in zero-emission tax credits this year. The commission projects those payments to swell to $19.1 million by 2018.
Using Oklahoma Tax Commission records, Rick Mosier, of the Oklahoma Property Rights Association, discussed the growth of Oklahoma zero-emission tax credits. These are awarded to wind power companies based on how much electricity they generate. More than $40 million of these credits were awarded in 2012. Beginning this year, qualifying companies can get paid 85 percent of the credit even with no tax liability.