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A House committee Tuesday passed Senate Bill 808 by a vote of 12-8. The bill would stop wind turbines being within 1.5 nautical miles of an airport, public school or hospital and put additional financial reporting requirements on wind developers for decommissioning old wind farms.
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.
Apex said the Kingfisher Wind project would generate $1.5 million per year in new tax revenue for county government and schools and provide $2 million per year in lease payments ...Newfield said its production activitiesare expected to provide more than $330 million in royalties from 2015 to 2017.
Newfield Exploration said it didn’t receive adequate notice for the start of construction of the 298-megawatt Kingfisher Wind development northwest of Oklahoma City. The $450 million project is being built by Apex Clean Energy and is owned by private equity firm First Reserve.
“These credits were originally approved to encourage job growth through incentives for what was then a fledgling industry in this state,” Mazzai said. “That is no longer the case, so in a time of limited state resources, revisiting those incentives to ensure the benefits do not outweigh the cost is a responsible approach on behalf of Oklahoma taxpayers.
Measures that would modify tax incentives for future wind farms in Oklahoma have been approved by the state Senate.
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.
A bill to place new restrictions on the growing wind industry in Oklahoma has passed a House Committee.
The debate between funding Oklahoma's public education system and funding wind power development.
Oklahoma faces a budget shortfall of at least $300 million that could easily exceed $500 million. Yet we’re blowing up to $193 million annually on subsidies for industrial wind companies. That money would be better spent funding core government services such as education.
One side considers it a corporate welfare program that the state can no longer afford. The other describes it as an investment that will pay off in the long-term.
A federal judge will let a nuisance complaint against a wind farm under construction in Kingfisher and Canadian counties go forward, although he dismissed another claim against Apex Clean Energy.
In this on-going nuisance claim filed by Walker et.al. against Apex Wind Construction et.al in advance of construction beginning at the Kingfisher wind facility, Apex filed a motion to dismiss. The court ruled on the motion finding that some portions of the motion were granted and others denied. Excerpts of the court ruling are provided below. The full ruling can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
Apex Clean Energy said Thursday it will sell a 298-megawatt wind farm under construction in Kingfisher and Canadian counties to a private equity firm. ...Landowners and the Oklahoma Wind Action Association sued Apex last year, claiming the Kingfisher wind farm would threaten their health and safety. \
“The cost of these wind subsidies is mounting at an alarming rate and if we do not address the policies now, Oklahoma will suffer the consequences.”
U.S. Attorney Danny Williams is pressing ahead with the larger lawsuit, accusing the wind development of violating the mineral rights of the Osage Nation. ...the federal lawsuit, is not only demanding that the developers pay the tribe for the lost minerals but also remove any structures that have been “placed without authorization.”
The Osage Nation has filed a request for injunctive relief involving violations of Enel Kansas LLC and the construction of wind turbine foundations on Osage lands without permission a license. A portion of the filing is excerpted below. The full filing can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
Rep. Earl Sears says he will sponsor legislation that would put regulations on the wind industry. ...proposed regulations will contain three key elements: siting and setbacks regarding location of wind farms; decommissioning; and public hearings that would allow residents of communities near planned wind farm projects to express their views.
Last month when the U.S. government filed a federal lawsuit against a wind development near Pawhuska, the Osage Nation complained that it wouldn’t stop construction in time. ...So this week, federal authorities are seeking a court order to stop construction immediately.
“We don’t have enough regulations in rural areas in regards to where these[wind] farms are going,” Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville. “It’s imperative we put some in place, not only for the benefit of the wind power, but for the people who have to be around them. Let there be no doubt: The state Legislature is absolutely going to send some legislation forward putting rules and regulations in place."