May 23, 2016

...AND CHEAPER...:

Oil Battles Wind on the Great Plains (CAROLINE PRESTON MAY 20, 2016, American Prospect)

The Great Plains of Oklahoma are dotted with cattle, wheat fields, and the seesawing donkey-shaped jacks that drag crude oil from the shale rock beneath. Notwithstanding the collapse of commodity prices, some 190,000 active oil and gas wells in the state provide jobs, directly and indirectly, to an estimated one in six Oklahomans. Even the statehouse in Oklahoma City is surrounded by wells; one is nicknamed Petunia, after the flower bed on which it was drilled.

But increasingly, in Oklahoma's western half, the land is also populated by wind turbines--giant, white structures on farms with names like Blue Canyon and Renewable Frontier.

Those turbines are turning the storied wind that comes sweeping down Oklahoma's plains into an increasingly critical statewide energy source. Wind now provides 18 percent of the state's electricity, a higher share nationally than any states besides Iowa, Kansas, and South Dakota. In many Oklahoma counties, wind energy equipment--including more than 2,000 turbines statewide--has put cash in the hands of landowners and driven up property values, freeing up money for schools and public services.

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