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


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 [...]

With Tax Credit Temporarily Secured, List of Planned Oklahoma Wind Projects Grows


In 2012, the number of new Oklahoma wind farm projects stalled because of uncertainty over a federal tax credit, but the state’s queue is filling back up, The Oklahoman‘s Paul Monies reports. Utilities have signed deals for 1,049 megawatts from wind farm projects planned in Oklahoma, according to the latest market report from the American [...]

Why Oklahoma’s Attorney General is Using Coal to Fight the EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is no fan of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and filing lawsuits against the federal agency has become a signature of the state’s chief legal adviser. Pruitt on Aug. 21 said he would appeal the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that rejected Oklahoma’s authority to use its own regulatory [...]

Oklahoma’s Two Largest Electric Utilities on Different Paths for Coal Plants

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Okla.

Despite its reliability and low cost, running a coal-fired power plant is getting more challenging. New federal environmental regulations are forcing utilities to install expensive pollution-control upgrades, and coal is having to compete with the growth of natural gas and wind power. As we reported in June, the state’s two largest utilities — Oklahoma Gas [...]

Oklahoma Electric Companies Have Split Reactions to Federal Coal Crackdown

President Barack Obama made it clear during his climate change speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday: “Power plants can still dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air for free. That’s not right, that’s not safe, and it needs to stop.” He’s talking about burning coal to generate electricity. Oklahoma does it. Most of [...]

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