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Ranking fourth in the country for crude oil production and extraction of natural gas and home to modest coal reserves, Oklahoma has not finalized a statewide climate adaptation plan. At the state level, the politics on climate change is heavily influenced by the fossil fuel sector, and both Oklahoma senators, Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, are prominent climate change deniers. Meanwhile, in spite of wide-spread skepticism of man-made climate change, groups within Oklahoma still are finding ways to prepare for the future. Scientists at University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are monitoring weather patterns and carrying out research on climate change, while municipalities are developing their own climate change adaptation strategies.  

As a Great Plains state, Oklahoma also has a huge capacity for renewable wind energy production, which it is pursuing, although its commitment to an energy transition is unclear. In the 2010 Oklahoma Energy Security Act, the state made a commitment to 15% renewable energy by 2015, and in 2019 it produced nearly 35% of its net electricity from wind. However, in 2019 Oklahoma’s natural gas production also reached an all-time high at 3.2 trillion cubic feet. The state shows no signs of reducing its fossil fuel production soon; the 2010 Energy Security Act also established a natural gas energy standard that declared natural gas the preferred fossil fuel, and Oklahoma Natural Gas began providing rebates to homeowners in 2011 and businesses in 2019. Another sign of Oklahoma’s wavering pursuit of renewable energy is Governor Mary Fallin’s decision to bring the state’s tax incentives for wind energy more than three years early. The tax credit, Fallin said, was instrumental in establishing the wind industry in Oklahoma, which now ranks No. 3 in the nation for installed wind power capacity.

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Oklahoma Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

01/26/22
The Sooner State ranks 45th nationally for solar energy use. Currently, the state generates 84.7 MW of energy from solar panels. There are also 30 solar companies, accounting for developers, manufacturers, and others. While solar…

Oklahoma State Profile and Energy Estimates

10/10/21
Oklahoma is in the heart of the U.S. Mid-Continent oil region, a vast oil- and natural gas-producing area that also encompasses Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico and is flanked by the Mississippi River…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database

09/01/21
The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Oklahoma

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Oklahoma experienced nine severe storms, three severe floods, and one intense drought. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Oklahoma

08/06/20
Overall, Oklahoma will become warmer, seeing both stronger floods and droughts because of climate change. While most of Oklahoma did not warm during the past 50-100 years, soils are drier, annual rainfall has increased with…

Oklahoma Energy Security Act

04/20/20
In May 2010, the Oklahoma Legislature enacted the Oklahoma Energy Security Act (see H.B. 3028), establishing a renewable energy goal for electric utilities operating in the state. The goal calls for 15% of the total installed generation capacity in…

Oklahoma Climatological Survey

04/10/20
The Oklahoma Climatological Survey was established by the University of Oklahoma in 1980 to provide climate services to the people of Oklahoma. In 1982, OCS was established under Oklahoma Sunset Law (HB 1937, c. 63)…

Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP)

04/10/20
The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) is a South Central United States focused climate hazards and research program whose mission is to help communities build resilience to weather and climate extremes now and in…

Oklahoma Mesonet

04/10/20
The Oklahoma Mesonet is a world-class network of environmental monitoring stations. The network was designed and implemented by scientists at the University of Oklahoma (OU) and at Oklahoma State University (OSU).

Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability

04/10/20
The Office of Sustainability is responsible for enhancing Oklahoma City's sustainability efforts throughout the organization and the community by providing technical recommendations, sustainability planning and outreach services to City Departments and the public.

EXPLAINER | Wind Energy

04/10/20
Wind energy is expanding in Oklahoma, especially in western parts of the state.

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Climate Scientists Forecast High Temperatures Into the Fall

By Henry Fountain  Photo: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images   09/16/21  
After a summer of blistering heat across much of the country, the hotter-than-normal conditions that have contributed to severe drought across the West are forecast to continue into the fall, scientists with the National Oceanic…

AEP wind farm of 287 MW goes live in Oklahoma

By Plamena Tisheva   09/13/21  
American Electric Power Co Inc (NASDAQ:AEP) on Friday said its 287-MW Maverick Wind Energy Center in Oklahoma has started commercial operation.

Restoring wildlife populations will create jobs in Oklahoma

By Christina Phillips   09/12/21  
Oklahoma is celebrated for its diverse ecosystems and wildlife, but despite this diversity, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has identified no less than 310 Oklahoma wildlife species — encompassing every habitat and wildlife group, from insects…

Counties most concerned about climate change in Oklahoma

By Stacker   09/05/21  
Nationally, 72% of Americans believe global warming is happening. But when public opinion researchers zoom in on Americans, they find that attitudes and opinions about climate change can vary drastically from county to county—even when those…
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Six U.S. states accounted for over half of the primary energy produced in 2019

By Brett Marohl   08/31/21  
In 2019, the top six primary energy-producing states—Texas, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and North Dakota—accounted for 55 quadrillion British thermal units (quads), or 55% of all of the primary energy produced in the United States. In…

Oklahoma expert weighs in on climate change report

By Jordan Evans   08/27/21  
 Earlier this month, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the first installment of its sixth assessment report on the state of Earth's climate.

NEW SOLAR COMPANY PLANS 75 JOBS IN OKLAHOMA CITY

By The journal record staff   08/24/21  
The fledgling company already has formed a team of 35 employees. Plans are to deliver on commercial, residential and new development solar and electrical contracting projects. The company also offers battery storage and generator solutions…

Oklahoma’s Conservation Dams Don’t Stick Out, But Save Lives and Tens of Millions Of Dollars

By Logan Layden and Nyk Daniels  Photo: Logan Layden   08/24/21  
Oklahoma’s more than 2,000 conservation dams don’t stick out. They’re mostly on private land, out of sight and out of mind. But the flood control they provide saves the state tens of millions of dollars…

Cherokee Nation chief thanks Biden for proposed boost in tribal broadband money

By Chris Casteel  Photo: Doug Hoke , The Oklahoman   08/12/21  
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. told President Joe Biden on Wednesday that the broadband portion of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill will help the tribe continue connecting its youth, elders and other members to…

EV Manufacturer Picks Tulsa For First Mega Microfactory

06/17/21  
After considering multiple states, electric vehicle manufacturer Canoo has decided to create more than 2,000 jobs and build its first mega microfactory on a 400-acre site at the MidAmerica Industrial Park located near Tulsa, OK.…

South inundated after torrential rain sparks flooding

By Jason Hanna and Amanda Jackson  Photo: Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP   05/18/21  
Water rescues were underway Tuesday in Louisiana’s capital region after torrential rain that started a day earlier caused dangerous flash flooding in parts of that state and southeastern Texas.

Energy From Neighboring States Made A Difference In Last February’s Historic Storm

By Elizabeth Caldwell   05/14/21  
Energy providers and lawmakers are still hashing out last February's winter storm. State climatologist Gary McManus gave on overview of the storm to an Oklahoma House committee today. He said it may not be the…

Will Okla. disrupt Biden’s 100% clean energy goal?

By Edward Klump   05/06/21  
Reaching President Biden's goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035 would require a massive shift away from fossil fuels across the U.S. — including in red states. As Oklahoma shows, that may not be easy.…

New wind farm coming to South Central Oklahoma

By Melissa Scavelli   05/05/21  
Enel Green Power has started construction on their 11th wind farm in Oklahoma, being called Rockhaven. The new farm will be adjacent to the Origin wind farm which has been in operation since 2015.

State official highlights climate change as challenge for water systems

By Chris Polansky   03/23/21  
A top official at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality testified before a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday that climate change threatens water system infrastructure across the country.

Biden to announce moratorium on oil, gas drilling on federal land

Photo by Kevin Lamarque   01/26/21  
United States President Joe Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on US lands, as his administration moves quickly to reverse policies on energy and the environment from…

Expert: Pipeline’s suspension good for Oklahoma

Bu Kathryn McNutt   01/22/21  
OKLAHOMA CITY – President Joe Biden’s quick action to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and to suspend oil and gas drilling on public lands is good news for Oklahoma, retired energy executive Mickey…

Sen. Lankford denounces Biden Administration’s obstruction of Keystone XL

By Kevin Severin  Photo by Anna Moneymaker Pool   01/21/21  
WASHINGTON, DC (KOKH) - Senator Lankford has issued a statement following President Biden’s climate change-related Executive Action.

Lawmakers from Oklahoma disagree with President Biden’s order to rejoin Paris Climate Accord

By Koco News Staff   01/21/21  
Some members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation disagree with President Joe Biden’s order for the U.S. to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, a global pact forged five years ago to avert the threat of catastrophic climate…

Biden’s administration could affect Oklahoma’s energy industry in surprising ways

By Jack Money  Photo by Chris Landsberger   01/18/21  
Presidential administrations and Congresses throughout the past 40 years undoubtedly worked to nudge the nation’s energy and climate-related policies one way or another.

CVR’s Oklahoma renewable diesel project gets board go-ahead

By Janet McGurty   01/05/21  
New York — CVR Energy received approval from its board of directors in late December to go ahead with the renewable diesel project it has planned at its 74,500 b/d Wynnewood, Oklahoma, refinery, the company said…

Skeleton Creek Wind now producing electricity

By Enid News & Eagle   12/30/20  
The first phase of NextEra Energy Resources’ massive Skeleton Creek Project has become operational as the wind energy part of the project began generating electricity on Dec. 16.

ALLETE Clean Energy begins operations at 303 MW Oklahoma wind farm

By Chris Galford   12/28/20  
Operations began at the Diamond Spring wind site in southern Oklahoma last week, providing 303 MW of renewable energy for corporate customers for ALLETE Clean Energy.

Climate change: Many of the states most at risk are also the least prepared

By Megan Latshaw , Jon Links and Matt McKillop  Photo by Will Lester   12/09/20  
Climate change is often seen as a problem for the future, a calamity that looms over the coming decades. In fact, it is already here, and wreaking havoc.

Oklahoma Energy Industry Partners with Education Sector

10/20/20  
The Oklahoma Energy Workforce Consortium is launching a new energy career cluster to promote the benefits of pursuing careers in energy. Energy is the highest-paying industry in the state, averaging more than $100,000 annually.

Oklahoma Energy Workforce Consortium promotes new energy career cluster

By Staff Reporter   10/20/20  
The Oklahoma Energy Workforce Consortium (OEWC) is launching a new energy career cluster to promote the benefits of pursuing careers in energy.  Energy is the highest-paying industry in the state, averaging more than $100,000 annually.…

Electrical deregulation puts forth simple question: Should power consumers get to choose where they buy electricity?

By Jack Money   10/20/20  
Should commercial power customers get to choose who they buy their electricity from? A nonprofit led by a man who helped work on Oklahoma's plan to deregulate electricity markets two decades ago is aiming once…

Governor Stitt declares Oct. 19 – 23 Oklahoma Careers in Energy Week

10/20/20  
The Oklahoma Energy Workforce Consortium (OEWC) is launching a new energy career cluster to promote the benefits of pursuing careers in energy. Energy is the highest-paying industry in the state, averaging more than $100,000 annually.

OG&E Completes Two Solar Energy Farms in Southeast Oklahoma

10/16/20  
OG&E, the electric utility subsidiary of OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE), today announced that it has completed construction of two 5 MW solar energy farms in southeast Oklahoma. Both centers are operating at full capacity.

Oklahoma energy companies take environmental action amid rapidly changing world

By Jack Money  Photo by Susan Walsh   10/13/20  
President Donald Trump and the Republican Party argue they have done what they could during his administration to make America a leader in the nation's global energy markets.

Hot or cold? Will your outlook on climate change influence your vote?

By Jack Money  Photo by Todd Pendleton   10/11/20  
Environmentalists hoped to make this year's presidential election a referendum on climate change and how it should be addressed. But while COVID-19 and the federal government's response to the pandemic instead forced its way into…

Energy companies taking environmental action

By Jack Money  Photo by Susan Walsh   10/11/20  
President Donald Trump and the Republican Party argue they have done what they could during his administration to make America a leader in the nation's global energy markets.

KRMG In Depth: The case for renewable energy in Oklahoma

By Russell Mills   10/08/20  
After decades of traveling the world, working with energy executives, sheiks, wildcatters, scientists and engineers, Jack Kerfoot sat down to dinner with legendary oil man T. Boone Pickens. That conversation, Kerfoot told KRMG, led him…

EPA Strips Tribes in Oklahoma of Environmental Regulatory Rights

10/06/20  
The Environmental Protection Agency has granted Oklahoma environmental regulatory control of nearly all tribal lands in Oklahoma, rolling back sovereign rights for dozens of tribes.

EPA grants Oklahoma authority over reservation land

By Kelsey Tamborrino   10/06/20  
PA approved a request from Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt to keep the state in control of environmental regulations on reservation land after a Supreme Court ruling called the state's authority into question.

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA gives Oklahoma authority over many tribal environmental issues

By Rebecca Beitsch   10/05/20  
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is turning its oversight of a number of environmental issues on tribal lands over to the state of Oklahoma.

Long-range forecasts indicate dry, mild winter for Oklahoma

By Michael Dekker   10/04/20  
Oklahoma will likely see a relatively dry and mild winter this year, according to long-range weather outlooks. Forecasters at the both the private company AccuWeather and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center said the December-February outlook shows…

Oklahoma Sierra Club releases 2020 Environmental Legislative Scorecard

By Darla Shelden   09/25/20  
The Oklahoma Chapter of Sierra Club recently published its 2020 Oklahoma Environmental Legislative Scorecard. The report highlights legislation of greatest importance to the overall protection and management of Oklahoma’s air, land and water, while also…

Battered, Flooded and Submerged: Many Superfund Sites are Dangerously Threatened by Climate Change

By David Hasemyer  Photo by Spike Johnson   09/24/20  
Fred Barrett thought he'd wait out Hurricane Harvey at his home in this town outside Houston, founded by his great-grandfather in 1889. He prepared for heavy rain, wind and flooding. But when the murky brown…

Oklahoma governor asked EPA to strip tribes of environmental authority

By Ti-Hua Chang  By Shealah Craighead   09/02/20  
Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK) has asked the EPA to give his state jurisdiction over environmental regulations on Native American reservations. This would include regulating fossil fuels, a multi-billion dollar industry which donated $239,102 to Stitt…

Maverick wind farm planned to start building this fall in Major County

By James Neal   08/29/20  
Developers are nearing the construction stage of Maverick Wind Energy Center, a wind farm to be built in eastern Major County. Emily Brumit, Maverick Wind Energy Center developer, said Invenergy LLC expects to start construction…

OU Receives $20 Million Grant to Lead Inaugural National Science Foundation Artificial Intelligence Institute

08/28/20  
The University of Oklahoma is leading a National Science Foundation AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography that is being hailed as a “historic milestone in environmental science.”

Cities With the Highest Flood Risk in Every State

By Andrew Lisa   08/23/20  
Floods accounted for three of the 14 natural disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage in the United States in 2019. In total, flooding impacted 14 million Americans last year and put another…

C-PACE financing boosts projects’ sustainability, backers say

By Jack Money   08/05/20  
Many Oklahoma developers are about to gain a new tool for financing construction. It's a time-tested program already used to help developers with costs to improve construction projects’ environmental sustainability across the nation — the…

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Oklahoma

By Sam Hananel   06/26/20  
Just in the past three years, the Trump administration has attempted to roll back at least 95 environmental rules and regulations to the detriment of the environment and Americans’ public health. Moreover, the administration refuses…

Shining Cities 2020 shows Oklahoma City solar deployment grew in 2019

By Jack Money  Photo by Chris Landsberger   05/28/20  
Count Oklahoma City as a “solar builder.” Shining Cities 2020, an annual report released by Environment America and the Frontier Group, designated Oklahoma City as such Wednesday. The report shows OKC had enough per capita…

Mortenson begins tower and turbine work at Engie’s King Plains wind farm in OK

04/29/20  
Engineering, procurement and construction firm Mortenson has started erecting towers for a 248-MW wind power project in Oklahoma. Minneapolis-based Mortenson announced the wind turbine work for the King Plains project in Garber, owned by ENGIE…

Oklahoma: how wind is re-energizing the state’s economy

By Jon Heggie   04/20/20  
Wind power is breathing new life into Oklahoma’s energy industry, bringing green dollars and jobs to a state built on oil and gas.

Backers of renewable energy highlight industry’s growth at Capitol event Tuesday

By Jack Money   03/04/20  
Oklahoma’s use of wind energy to generate electricity continues to increase. A record 40.2% of all state’s generated energy in 2019 was powered by renewable technology, Oklahoma Power Alliance representatives announced Tuesday during a Clean…

Legislators propose measure to promote the use of solar as an alternative energy source in Oklahoma

By Jack Money   02/11/20  
Bills before Oklahoma legislators this session propose to define relationships between utility customers, companies that sell them lease-to-own, rooftop solar systems and the utilities those customers otherwise would get their power from.