The Department of Defense and NextEra Energy have extended the deadline to reach a mitigation plan on a wind farm near Hinton along a route of airspace the military uses for training.
As part of the agreed upon extension, NextEra may proceed with construction on turbines that have been approved by the FAA, Attorney General Mike Hunter said in a press release issued Tuesday.
Construction on the company’s wind farm west of Hinton was stopped last month after NextEra and Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission (OSMPC) agreed to work on a mitigation plan with the DOD to resolve the issue. The new deadline is Monday.
OSMPC contends the wind farm violates a recent amendment to the Wind Energy Development Act. The changes to the law require a determination by the federal government that planned wind turbine construction has no military impact, or the company must have an approved mitigation plan from the Defense Department, before a wind farm is constructed or expanded.
The attorney general is representing OSMPC in the negotiations.
Hunter announced Oct. 2 that NextEra Energy Resources and Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission had agreed to halt the work while they continued negotations.
“We appreciate Attorney General Hunter’s good faith negotiations for the OSMPC and for helping protect one of the military’s most valuable assets,” said OSMPC Chairman Mike Cooper, who also is the city of Enid's military liaision. “The airspace used for training is critical to our national defense and to the mission of our state and nation’s military installations. We thank NextEra for recognizing this and working with us to further enhance this mission.”