The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

April 4, 2014

Letter: Wind energy is mainstream source

ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma’s energy industry has grown and diversified exponentially in recent years.

Wind energy now is a leading factor in our drive for energy independence and a huge economic driver.

A recent report, “The Statewide Economic Impact of Wind Energy Development in Oklahoma,” revealed that wind farm developers invested more than $6.1 billion during the development of wind farms during the industry’s first decade in Oklahoma.

This led to $1 billion in Oklahoma production of goods and services.

This study indicates a multitude of reasons our state should back wind energy.

Property improvements made by developers created a tax base that will provide more than $42 million in property taxes annually to Oklahoma municipalities and school districts.

Projects provided more than $22 million annually in payments to local landowners and about $15 million in direct wages to local workers.

Lastly, from 2003-2012, wind energy created more than $340 million in Oklahoma labor income and more than 4,000 jobs, (more than 1,600 were direct, full-time jobs).

We’ve only scratched the surface of wind energy’s potential. It is no longer “alternative energy.” It’s a mainstream, reliable and cost-effective source that fuels our daily lives.

Curt Roggow

The Wind Coalition

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