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Plummeting Oil Prices Have Pushed Oklahoma Into a ‘Mini-Recession’

Workers uncap a well in the western Oklahoma oil field in 2014.

Slumping oil prices have fueled thousands of job losses in big energy states like Oklahoma, which is “gripped by a mini-recession,” economist Mark Snead tells the Journal Record‘s Kirby Lee Davis: “The notion that Oklahoma has diversified away from oil and gas is, at this point, many, many years away,” he said.

OG&E Proposes New Charge, Billing Structure for Rooftop Solar

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Oklahoma Gas and Electric is proposing a new “demand charge” be levied on customers who install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines. The suggested rate structure was filed with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which has to approve so-called “distributed generation” tariffs for OG&E and Public Service Co. by the end of the year, The [...]

Oil Industry-Linked Earthquakes Could Rattle Economy, Credit Agency Says

The U.S. Geological Survey is trying to model the potential hazards of oil and gas-linked earthquakes and how to account for them on national maps, like this preliminary version.

A boom of earthquakes linked to oil and gas production “has and will continue to have sharp economic consequences” in Oklahoma and other states experiencing man-made seismicity, Standard and Poor’s Rating Services analysts write in a recent report. The seismic activity may be a liability for energy companies and the oil and gas industry, and [...]

Why Solar Energy is Growing Slowly in Oklahoma

Mary Fallin meets with a worker at a July 2015 event commemorating Oklahoma Gas & Electric's new solar farm in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma is synonymous with energy. It’s a major oil and gas state and one of the country’s leaders in wind power. But Oklahoma has been slow on solar energy, and experts say that’s because of state policy — not the sun.

Oil Companies Shut Down Wells Near Earthquake Swarm

A disposal well in northwestern Oklahoma.

After a swarm of earthquakes recorded near the town of Crescent, which peaked with a 4.5-magnitude temblor on Monday, state regulators asked a pair of oil companies to limit activity at three nearby disposal wells. Monday’s quake caused light damage. Multiple people reported feeling it in Arkansas, more than 400 miles away Oklahoma City’s Devon Energy [...]

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