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Red State City Makes 100% Renewables Pledge

Associated Press: A city in central Oklahoma has made an environmental resolution to transition to 100 percent renewable energy in its buildings by 2035. The Tuesday resolution makes Norman the first city in Oklahoma to make such a commitment to renewables, the Norman Transcript reported. The city will tap into sources like wind and solar […]

May 29, 2018 Read More →

$4.5 Billion Wind Catcher Project Moves a Step Closer to Construction

Enid News & Eagle: Officials announced Tuesday that the Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project was approved by Arkansas Public Service Commission. The announcement was made by Southwestern Electric Power Co. Wind Catcher Energy Connection is a joint effort between SWEPCO and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, and is a $4.5 billion project that involves building […]

May 9, 2018 Read More →

Walmart, Oklahoma Industrials Sign on to Massive Wind Catcher Project

Tulsa World: With a guarantee of savings and other assurances, Public Service Company of Oklahoma got a boost from Oklahoma Industrial Energy Consumers and Walmart for its Wind Catcher project as the time nears for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to decide on pre-approval of the project’s cost-recovery plan. The company had its last hearing in […]

April 26, 2018 Read More →

Data Update: Texas and Oklahoma Lead U.S. Wind Race

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): During the last quarter of 2017, 3,799 MW of wind capacity came online in the U.S., mostly in two states. According to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis, another 75,250 MW of wind capacity in various stages of development are scheduled to be completed through 2023. Together, Texas and Oklahoma […]

March 23, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Great Plains Grid Logs a 60 Percent Wind-Power Moment

The Oklahoman: The Southwest Power Pool, the regional transmission organization that manages the Great Plains’ electric grid, announced Friday it had set a wind-penetration record of 60.56 percent. During that minute, wind supplied 13,928.94 megawatts of the 22,998.71 megawatts needed to provide power to customers of all of the utilities and other power distributors that […]

March 19, 2018 Read More →

Data Point: Bulk of New U.S. Electricity-Generation Capacity in December Was From Wind and Solar

S&P Global Market Intelligence: Almost all of the 3,224 MW of U.S. generating capacity completed in December 2017 is fueled by renewable resources, with wind contributing 2,238 MW and solar another 950 MW. Among the 650 MW of new projects announced in December was a 250-MW gas-fired plant in Michigan that will replace an older, […]

March 6, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Wind Generation Up 16% in First Half of 2017

SNL: U.S. wind generation increased 16% year over year during the first half of 2017, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. Nine of the 10 states with the most wind generation saw a first-half 2017 increase in electricity output of at least 3% year over year. Of those states, Kansas had the largest year-to-year […]

November 10, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Maker of Kleenex Turns to Wind Farms in Oklahoma and Texas for One-Third of Electricity Needs

Nawindpower.com: Kimberly-Clark Corp., the maker of Kleenex, Huggies and Depend, says it will purchase 245 MW of output from two new wind power projects located in Texas and Oklahoma. The company says that the renewable energy supplied by the wind farms is equivalent to about one-third of the electricity needs of its North American manufacturing […]

September 15, 2017 Read More →

Industry Report: 40% Increase in U.S. Wind Projects Over Q1 2016

UPI: About half of the population in the state of Kansas could now be drawing energy from wind power as the U.S. sector gains momentum, an industry report showed. A quarterly report from the American Wind Energy Association found the sector is gaining traction. Compared with last year, there were 40 percent more wind energy […]

July 28, 2017 Read More →

In $4.5 Billion Wind-Farm Deal, AEP Joins Trend Taking Hold Across U.S. Utility Sector

Bloomberg: There’s a new model emerging for growth-starved utilities looking to profit from America’s solar and wind power boom. American Electric Power Co. is using it for a $4.5 billion deal that’ll land the U.S. utility owner a massive wind farm in Oklahoma and a high-voltage transmission line to deliver the power. NextEra Energy Inc.’s […]

July 27, 2017 Read More →