Economic Answers Blowing in the Wind

Wind power could be the answer to America’s energy crunch and the catalyst for a new era of energy and economic growth in Oklahoma. Wind power could be the answer to America’s energy crunch and the catalyst for a new era of energy and economic growth in Oklahoma.
The economic potential of wind in Oklahoma will be addressed at the Oklahoma Wind Energy Conference Dec. 2-3 the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
“The wind industry is developing rapidly and Oklahoma can become a sustainable energy powerhouse,” said Natalie Shirley, Secretary of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and Tourism. “Much as we’ve done with the aerospace industry, we want to be home to the leading wind-component manufacturers and have a nationally-recognized training system.”
Shirley will be moderating an economic development session on the first day of the conference. This question and answer session will look at the “business” of wind energy and the role it can play in building sustainable economies across Oklahoma.
“There isn’t one part of Oklahoma that will miss out on the opportunities provided by our emerging wind industry,” Shirley said. “Oklahoma is already among the nation’s top wind producers and could be the number two producer by 2030. The focus we place on advanced manufacturing for our wind industry cluster will put Oklahoma far ahead of other states. Commerce wants the wind industry to fully develop in all regions of the state.”
By developing Oklahoma’s wind industry Commerce expects significant economic impact over the next five years.



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