Articles from Oklahoma

Governor approves bill that clarifies approval process for future wind development in Oklahoma

House Bill 2118 updates existing law by adding language that prohibits a wind developer from building turbine towers or other structures that also need federal approvals until those have been issued and filed with appropriate authorities at both the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. It also authorizes the Corporation Commission to assess an administrative penalty of up to $1,500 a day, per violation, against any developers who violate that prohibition.
8 May 2019

Legislature passes new bill to protect military airspace from wind turbine encroachment

A Determination of No Hazard and mitigation plan for any adverse impacts to military airspace must be submitted to the Corporation Commission and the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission before wind turbine construction starts. The bill specifies a $1,500 penalty per day, per turbine, for any new construction that doesn't meet the new guidelines, and sets administrative rules for resolving disputes over turbine projects.
2 May 2019

Proposed wind farm near Newkirk causes uproar by surrounding neighbors

According to the Duke Energy managing director of business development, Graham Furlong, 105 locations for the turbines have been approved by the FAA. The plan is to narrow it down to a more specific plan by the summer, and begin installation by the fall. However, many residents who are nestled in between the proposed sites or live in the surrounding area are finding out about the planned farm for the first time.
4 Apr 2019

Wind industry tax protests disrupt school financing

Once the five years of exemptions are over, wind companies have been sending lawyers to county courthouses to file tax protests and lawsuits contending the value of their equipment is worth hundreds of millions of dollars less than the values assigned to them by county assessors. Wind industry representative claim they have good cause for their tax protests. 
10 Mar 2019

Recent studies show flaws of wind power

While people like the idea of wind power, few are eager to have wind farms near their homes. This is true not only in conservative rural Oklahoma, but locations across the nation. Writing at City Journal, Robert Bryce notes that the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates this year in “deep-blue Vermont” favored renewable energy “in principle” but opposed new wind energy development. 
25 Nov 2018

Defense Department, NextEra continue negotiations

OSMPC contends the wind farm violates a recent amendment to the Wind Energy Development Act. The changes to the law require a determination by the federal government that planned wind turbine construction has no military impact, or the company must have an approved mitigation plan from the Defense Department, before a wind farm is constructed or expanded.
13 Nov 2018

Wind farm abandons tax avoidance tactic that threatened school funding

Brian Hermanson, the Kay County district attorney, said he was shocked that Rock Falls Wind Farm and Blackwell Economic Development Authority officials came up with the tax avoidance plan in secret and then sprang it on county officials at the last minute. “They didn’t tell us about it until it was all over and the wind farm was built and it was time to assess,” he said. “I was shocked at the manner they did it. I was shocked that they would try to cut the school systems from the money they had coming and the county health system from what they had coming and county government, for that matter.”
11 Nov 2018

Newkirk superintendent: Property tax battle ‘going to crush us’

Pending lawsuits over a northern Oklahoma wind farm’s property tax liability could have more than $1 million worth of implications for state education funding, according to Brady Barnes, superintendent of Newkirk Public Schools. But while the suits await action in court, leaders of Kay and Grant counties, the Oklahoma State Department of Education and a subsidiary of Électricité de France are attempting to strike some sort of agreement that would prevent what Barnes says could be a $550,000 impact on his district come January.
9 Nov 2018

EDF to reverse Rock Falls Wind Farm property tax appeal

Energy company EDF Renewables intends to reverse its controversial Rock Falls Wind Farm bond agreement that had complicated school financial situations for northern Oklahoma districts, according to company representatives. The decision was made after an Oct. 24 meeting with school superintendents and will likely preserve revenues for those districts.
9 Nov 2018

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