Articles from Oklahoma

Frank Keating: I signed wind industry tax breaks, and I was wrong

Signing this legislation was simply a mistake. What was promised to cost the state less than $2 million annually when I was in office has soared to $113 million for the 2014 tax year and is expected to cost billions in the future. Wind farms average 10 percent to 13 permanent jobs, which hardly lives up to the promised employment growth. ...As your former governor and a proud citizen of Oklahoma, I encourage us all to work together to end this subsidy no later than July 1, 2017.
24 Feb 2017

Oklahoma wind energy tax credit bills moved to House Appropriations Committee

State Rep. David Brumbaugh, author of House Bill 2246, said the cost is much more than officials first had in mind when they created the credit. He also said that wind generation has exceeded the goal set by former Gov. Brad Henry that renewable energy should make up 15 percent of the state's power generation by the year 2015. It's now at 20 percent, Brumbaugh said.
24 Feb 2017

Leveling the playing field

Thanks to a suite of overgenerous tax subsidies to fund wind farm construction, our state pays out more than $200 million per year to wind company owners. Without a production tax on the energy created, the tax dollars those companies take to send their power out of state comes from the tax dollars of average Oklahomans.
10 Feb 2017

Gov. Mary Fallin proposes tax on Oklahoma wind production

Oklahoma would become the second state to impose a tax on wind power, and its tax would be the nation's highest, under a proposal announced Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin. In her executive budget, Fallin proposed a 0.5 cent per kilowatt hour tax on electricity from wind generation. She also wants to sunset existing tax incentives for the wind industry earlier than planned.
7 Feb 2017

Senator Mazzei’s report blasts state wind farm credits

Outgoing Senate Finance Chairman Mike Mazzei addressed the Incentive Evaluation Commission recently in support of a report that examined the cost versus benefits of the state’s Zero Emission Facility tax credit.   The PFM consulting group determined the cost significantly exceeds the benefits of the program, and recommends that the credit termination date should be accelerated.
24 Nov 2016

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

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