Poll: Oklahomans Favor Wind Energy Development

Oklahomans share high optimism about wind power, according to a poll by Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Associates of Oklahoma City.
The poll reveals that 91 percent of Oklahomans approve of the further development of wind farms for producing Oklahoma’s needed electricity.
Not only do Oklahomans support wind energy in theory, but they are willing to back it with their pocketbooks. When asked about the cost to build infrastructure needed to support an increase in wind-generated electricity, 72 percent are willing to pay more each month, regardless of geographic, political or socioeconomic considerations.
“Oklahoma is ideal for wind development,” said Robert Wegener, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy. “Oklahoma’s traditional energy industry is the perfect complement to wind. We have an abundance of natural gas, which is a great partner for wind generation and development – together they offer a clean, renewable energy solution for theUnited States. For the last century Oklahoma has been a leader in the development and delivery of energy – wind is the 21st century complement to our existing energy industry.”
Oklahoma is ranked No. 2 in the nation for potential wind energy production and could supply 10 percent of the country’s electricity needs by 2025.
A Oklahoma Wind Energy Conference is scheduled for Dec. 2-3 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
The conference will feature nationally recognized experts, including Marc Spitzer, commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Denise Bode, chief executive officer of American Wind Energy Association; and R. James Woolsey, venture partner and senior advisor at VantagePoint Venture Partners and former director, U.S. Central Intelligence (1993-1995).
Topics include wind energy economics with developer and landowner perspectives; transmission and distribution policy and planning; the environment and wildlife issues; integrating natural gas with renewable energy and updates on state and federal policy and legislation.

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