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IEEFA U.S.: As oil and gas wane, Texas wind industry ascends

IEEFA U.S.: As oil and gas wane, Texas wind industry ascends

Case study Nolan County: Strengthening jobs, economic development, tax base

August 10, 2020 (IEEFA) — The wind industry in West Texas continues to create jobs, increase local tax revenues and drive economic development in an area known historically for its boom-and-bust oil cycles, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).  The report—As Oil and Gas Wane, Texas […]

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Wind provided record 40.2% of Oklahoma’s statewide electricity generation in 2019

The Oklahoman: Oklahoma’s use of wind energy to generate electricity continues to increase. A record 40.2% of all state’s generated energy in 2019 was powered by renewable technology, Oklahoma Power Alliance representatives announced Tuesday during a Clean Energy Day at the state Capitol. In 2018, Oklahoma’s wind farms generated about 36% of the energy created […]

March 5, 2020 Read More →

Williams Companies shelves proposed Constitution Pipeline in New York

Oneonta Daily Star: Williams Companies, the Oklahoma energy giant, confirmed Friday that it has shelved the Constitution Pipeline, a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline that triggered a prolonged battle between environmental activists and pro-development advocates. “Williams — with support from its partners, Duke, Cabot and AltaGas — has halted investment in the proposed Constitution project,” […]

February 24, 2020 Read More →

Oklahoma utility makes it official, 650MW Oklaunion coal plant to close in October

RTO Insider: Public Service Company of Oklahoma formally notified ERCOT on Tuesday that it will retire the coal-fired Oklaunion Power Station in the Texas Panhandle. PSO filed a notification of suspension of operations for the plant, effective Oct. 1. Market participants have until Feb. 11 to file comments before the grid operator makes a final […]

January 23, 2020 Read More →

Spain’s Acciona makes big foray into U.S. solar and battery storage markets

PV Magazine: In a deal spanning 20 projects, seven states, two power markets and more solar than the entire state of Florida has installed to date, ACCIONA has agreed to a deal with Tenaska to acquire 3 GW of utility-scale solar and 1 GW of co-located solar and energy storage. This represents one of the […]

October 21, 2019 Read More →

Landmark Oklahoma deal in 700MW renewable-storage farm

Utility Dive: NextEra Energy Resources will develop the largest hybrid renewable project in the United States, a 700MW facility in Oklahoma that will serve 21 utility members and other customers of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC). The Skeleton Creek project will include 250MW of wind, 250MW of solar and a 200MW / 800MWh battery storage […]

July 29, 2019 Read More →

Oklahoma cooperative, NextEra to build wind-plus-solar-plus-storage facility

The Oklahoman: One of Oklahoma’s biggest electric cooperatives is juicing up its power capacity using cutting-edge technology. On Tuesday, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative announced it executed a power purchase agreement with NextEra Energy Resources that includes 200 megawatts of battery-stored energy and will take the capacity of its generating fleet to more than 3 gigawatts. […]

July 24, 2019 Read More →

American Electric Power seeks to buy 1,485MW of Oklahoma wind power

Greentech Media: American Electric Power is asking state regulators for the second time in two years to approve a multibillion-dollar investment into wind power, as it races to capitalize on fleeting federal tax credits. On Monday, AEP announced that its Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) utilities are seeking […]

July 16, 2019 Read More →

New Starbucks contract should expand smaller companies’ access to green energy

GeekWire: Starbucks has struck a first-of-its-kind clean energy deal that will generate enough power to run 3,000 of its stores by 2021. To pull it off, the coffee giant worked with green energy marketplace LevelTen Energy to purchase stakes in two solar and one wind project across North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas. Starbucks has invested […]

June 7, 2019 Read More →

Pushback among landowners in 15 states over pipeline eminent domain

AP: There have been more than 200 instances of courts granting pipeline companies immediate possession of land, while at the same time deferring the issue of how much the property owners will be paid for it, said Robert McNamara, an attorney for the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm based in Arlington […]

May 3, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: The gathering solar wave
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IEEFA U.S.: The gathering solar wave

Sleeping giant of a market is waking up

Announcing last week that it would create the largest regulated utility-scale solar footprint in the world, Florida Power & Light signaled its intentions to nudge the Sunshine State away from its ironically dubious reputation as a renewable-energy laggard. The initiative will add 30 million solar panels, five times the state’s current solar capacity, easing its […]

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