Study shows impact of Okla. wind energy industry

March 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A study that analyzes the economic impact of the wind energy industry in Oklahoma is being released by The Wind Coalition.

The study will be released Wednesday at the state Capitol. It analyzes investment data, revenue paid to local landowners, ad valorem tax base increases, employment data and developer expenditure data for the 26 active wind farms in Oklahoma.

The American Wind Energy Association, a national trade advocate for the U.S. wind industry, says Oklahoma’s wind ranks ninth in the nation with 3,134 megawatts of installed wind capacity.

Last year, almost 15 percent of the electricity generated in Oklahoma came from wind-power. Oklahoma ranked fourth for total wind-energy generated in 2013 – almost 11 million megawatt hours.

Commerce officials want Oklahoma to be a center for manufacturing turbines and towers.

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