Wind power in Oklahoma
Some of the wind farms in Oklahoma include:
The $3.5 billion, 800 mile, Plains and Eastern Clean Line transmission line was approved in 2012, which will when completed in 2017 have the capacity to deliver 7,000 MW of wind power. In general it takes longer to build transmission capacity than it takes to build wind farms, resulting in the slowing of the development of wind power.
In 2010 Oklahoma adopted a goal of generating 15% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015.
Wind power accounted for 14.8% of the electricity generated in Oklahoma during 2013.
Being centrally located in the midwest, the western half of Oklahoma is in America's wind tunnel, a corridor stretching from North Dakota south into the Texas panhandle, where the vast majority of the country's best on-shore wind resources are located. Oklahoma has the potential to install 517,000 MW of wind turbines, capable of generating 1,521,652 GWh each year. This is over one third of all the electricity generated in the United States in 2011.
Oklahoma's wind resources are the eighth best in the United States. The total number of direct and indirect jobs in the state from wind power development is estimated to be between 1,000 and 2,000.
|Oklahoma Wind Generation (GWh, Million kWh)|
- U.S. Installed Wind Capacity
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