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“Oklahoma is Ahead of Schedule in Renewable Energy Goal, Officials Say”

Filed by KOSU News in State Impact.
March 9, 2013

Oklahoma is well on its way to meeting the goal of having 15 percent renewable energy capacity. But it’s unlikely that the goal will become a mandate. Eight states have a goal; 29 states have a mandate. Going with a goal shows Oklahoma ” is serious about the industry but not heavy-handed,” state Energy Secretary Michael Ming tells the paper.

More than 1,100 megawatts of wind power capacity came online last year in the state. Much of it was driven by a rush of projects spawned by uncertainty over the expiration of a crucial federal tax credit for electricity generated from renewable energy. Congress then extended the wind production tax credit until the end of 2013. Oklahoma is one of eight states to have a renewable energy goal.

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