Oklahoma is blessed with an abundance of natural resources that can be used to run vehicles, heat homes and make electricity. For most of the years since statehood, wind power was confined to the devices on farms that pulled up water for stock tanks.
Not anymore. The share of power made from wind in Oklahoma was 5.1 percent in 2010. That figure has been growing by the year as new turbines are added and transmission facilities are improved.
Official state policy is to encourage wind power development rather than mandate it. We think that's best, but we also think the production tax credit deserves another term. At some point, the industry will need to stand on its own. As an emerging and vital industry, however, wind power needs the investment boost that would result from extending the tax credit.