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Nation awaits 10th Circuit Court ruling in Wind Farm case

Acting on behalf of the Osage Minerals Council, the United States brought the litigation forward in 2014, contending that the company was appraised of that requirement but ignored it anyway and at one point, sped up construction in an effort to finish its work before a federal court could issue a ruling.
11 Oct 2016

Wind damages turbines near Minco

Ok-blade-failure1_thumb MINCO, Okla. — A wind turbine near Minco was damaged in overnight storms. Part of one of the blades was broken off and was left dangling in the breeze Friday morning. Some debris landed on part of land owned by Fox 25 Storm Tracker Bobby Hines, Hines said. The Oklahoma Mesonet site in Minco saw a gust of nearly 60 miles an hour during those thunderstorms. Other damage was reported around Oklahoma in the form of downed tree limbs.
7 Oct 2016

Lid blown off wind subsidies

Thankfully, the lid has been blown off Oklahoma’s previously well-hidden wind subsidies. Projections that the Windfall Coalition and others provided to legislators over the past year are now being realized. With another budget shortfall looming over our state, legislators can no longer ignore the glaring deficit being largely driven by Oklahoma’s wind giveaway.
17 Jun 2016

Corporate tax is big loser for Oklahoma in May

"Conventional wisdom says general revenue collections should rebound when oil stabilizes, but the reality is any rebound will be significantly hamstrung by wind incentives without legislative action. The revenue erosion wind incentives caused in May will be the new normal for years unless legislators act," Doerflinger said.
15 Jun 2016

Wind Energy Tax Credits

1889-institute-windenergy-tax-credits_thumb The 1889 Institute, an Oklahoma state policy think tank, published this two-page fact sheet discussing how wind energy tax incentives offered by Oklahoma are detrimental to the state’s economy. A portion of the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
3 May 2016

Wind debate: Incentives blowing a hole in Oklahoma's budget

As these overly generous subsidies are being called into question, the only leg the wind industry is purportedly standing on is that it is helping local schools. This could not be a more disingenuous argument. According to the wind industry's own research, state reimbursements — not wind companies — are responsible for the vast majority of “wind industry payments” to schools.
29 Apr 2016

Oklahoma and Big Wind: Residents Speak Out!

Homeowners describe their experiences with Oklahoma wind turbines 2016.Apex Clean Energy constructed the Kingfisher wind facility within 1500-feet of homes. The project consists of 120 turbines for a total installed capacity of 300 megawatts. After exhausting all attempts to work with Apex, the residents filed a lawsuit seeking protection from adverse health effects, and loss of use and value of their property. The trial date is slated for April 2016. Kingfisher Wind began construction on May 18, 2015 despite repeated requests from non-participating landowners to reconsider turbine placement. The now operating project impacts at least 128 nearby property owners. The suit refers to the irreparable harm caused by nuisance and unavoidable negative health impacts caused to people by the noise, infrasound and shadow flicker generated by turbines.
3 Apr 2016

Alexander hits DOE plan to take part in clean line wind power project

 “Basically this decision says that Washington, D.C., knows more than the people of Arkansas do about whether to build across the state giant, unsightly transmission towers to carry a comparatively expensive, unreliable source of electricity to the Southeast where utilities may not need the electricity. This is the first time federal law has been used to override a state's objections to using eminent domain for siting electric transmission lines. It is absolutely the wrong policy.” 
27 Mar 2016

Anti-wind industry signs popping up across the Metro

Ok-billboard_thumb The signs were put up just two weeks after State Auditor Gary Jones wrote a scathing piece in the Tulsa World calling the subsidies “nothing short of a giveaway." In the piece, Jones said the state lost $88 million in tax credits, $44 million in sales taxes that were supposed to go to schools and $67 million in sales tax exemptions. 
16 Mar 2016

Auditor Gary Jones: Are wind subsidies adding to budget shortfall?

Out of the $130-plus million in subsidies Oklahoma taxpayers hand over to wind companies every year, over $120 million literally is going to companies in Portugal, Italy, Spain, Germany, Venezuela, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, and Georgia. Furthermore, the property taxes being trumpeted by wind lobbyists simply do not add up. The truth is taxpayers from across Oklahoma have paid the bulk of wind’s property taxes, not out-of-state and foreign wind developers.
2 Mar 2016

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Oklahoma&p=4
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