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Oklahoma to increase wind-generated power

December 29, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal agency says Oklahoma will likely see an increase in wind-generated electricity used to power homes.

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration says developers are planning to increase wind power capacity with projects primarily in Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Texas.

The state is expected to see an increase in total wind generating capacity by spring 2015, The Journal Record (http://bit.ly/1ruY2Zr ) reported. Oklahoma has 3,100 megawatts of wind power capacity and that number is expected to grow by 2,100 megawatts.

Michael Teague, the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment, said the state has the fifth-lowest electricity cost in the United States, behind Kentucky and Wyoming, which rely on coal, and Washington and Idaho, which use hydropower.

Electricity from wind farms comprises 15 percent of all power in Oklahoma, and he said they help keep the state’s energy portfolio balanced.

“For us it is a business decision,” Teague said. “We want wind because it is good for our utilities and electricity rates.”

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Information from: The Journal Record, http://www.journalrecord.com

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