Wind energy is expanding in Oklahoma, especially in western parts of the state.
As a resource, Oklahoma’s wind ranks No. 9 in the nation, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Oklahoma produced more than 2,100 megawatts of electricity from wind in 2011 — about 7.1 percent of the power produced in the state, AWEA data show.
Several wind farms are under construction, and Gov. Mary Fallin and commerce officials hope the state will become a center for manufacturing turbines and towers. The jobs potential has led several state technical schools to start programs to train and certify workers in repairing and servicing wind turbines.
Recently, uncertainty over a federal wind energy tax credit was cited in layoffs at a wind tower manufacturer in Tulsa.