Okla.'s wind expansion sparks debate over local siting rules

09/6/2013 | StateImpact

While Oklahoma's Wind Energy Development Act created standards for insurance, royalty payments and turbine decommissioning, it leaves permitting and siting up to local officials. Due to limitations in the state's transmission infrastructure, developers are looking to build wind farms near existing power lines, leading to greater potential conflicts with community members, said Glen Andersen, director of the National Conference of State Legislatures' energy program, prompting some communities to seek local restrictions.

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