Growth of wind energy puts some groups in a tough spot
NewsOK Related Articles
Last year, Oklahoma generated 7 percent of its electricity from wind. Additional wind development during 2012 is expected to bring the state, by year's end, close to its 2015 goal of 15 percent renewable energy. Experts say wind resources are available to push that number to 20 percent in the not-too-distant future.
One of the new wind projects in Oklahoma this year is a development north of Enid that intends to sell most of its electricity to Alabama, where the wind doesn't blow nearly as much as it does here — and where prairie chickens aren't “threatened” or “endangered.”
With any luck for the wind industry, federal regulatory snags relating to the lesser prairie chicken will be eased in time. Some green groups are sure to squawk, but what else is new? Every conflict has its share of casualties.
Voices Photo Galleriesview all
- 99664Oklahoma tornadoes: The 'Big Dog,' the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy
- 16608OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant tours Moore, meets with residents
- 13275Oklahoma tornadoes: ‘All I could do was sit there and hold her'
- 8705Line of storms brings flash floods to Oklahoma City area
- 8419Oklahoma tornadoes: Love for Oklahoma generates big donation
- 8235How to help tornado victims
- 7896Oklahoma tornadoes: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford leading aid effort