The wind energy industry has invested more than $6bn to build facilities in Oklahoma, and contributed over $1bn for production of goods and services in the state, according to a new report by advocacy group The Wind Coalition.
Wednesday, the report done by independent consulting firm Economic Impact Group
also estimates that the state’s 26 active wind farms will further contribute
$1.8bn in economic activity during their initial 20-year power off-take
workers are employed by the industry in Oklahoma which includes manufacturing
and support industries, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Wind
farms pay about $43m annually in property taxes and more than $22m to
is no longer ‘alternative’ energy,” says Curt Roggow, The Wind Coalition
director for Oklahoma. “It has become a mainstream, reliable and cost-effective
source of energy for the people of Oklahoma.”
coincides with a bill passed earlier this month by the state Senate that would
place a three-year moratorium on wind farm construction in the eastern third of
Oklahoma. Supporters say the measure is needed because wind developers are
trampling over the property rights of individuals.
if a landowner leases land for turbines, this has a negative effect on a
neighboring landowners that does not, they say.
fate is uncertain in the lower house. Republican Governor Mary Fallin has been
a strong supporter of the industry.
The first Oklahoma
turbine began spinning in 2003 and more than 3.37GW of generation capacity is