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Oklahoma ranked fourth in wind power installed last year

Wind farm projects involving utilities, private investment, a public university and cooperatives lifted Oklahoma into fourth place for new wind power installation in 2012, according to a national report released Thursday.
BY ROD WALTON Published: April 13, 2013

OG&E also is the power distributor for the Blackwell wind farm, which sends power to Oklahoma State University. The Blackwell project is owned by NextEra Energy Resources, which was first among owners with 1,505 MW of new installed capacity last year, more than double second-place Iberdrola Renewables.

NextEra also is owner and developer of the Minco III project in central Oklahoma. APEX, TradeWind, Atlantic Power Corp. and GE Energy Financial Service were other investors in state wind power last year.

U.S. wind power increased 27 percent last year. A Gallup Poll released last month indicated that 71 percent of Americans want their nation to put more emphasis on producing domestic power from wind turbines.