Corporation Commission Will Ask For Public's Input On Wind And Solar Issues

Jul 13, 2014

Oklahoma Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Anthony
Credit Oklahoma Corporation Commission

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission plans to seek the public's input in the placement of wind farms and the regulation of rooftop solar panels.

The commission's public utility division held the second of two meetings last Friday that lay the groundwork for issuing a notice of inquiry on wind and solar issues.

Among the issues to be discussed are what kinds of notification landowners near wind farms should get before the projects start, as well as how to strengthen Oklahoma's existing law for the decommissioning of wind farms. Other concerns include the impact on wildlife, property values and the economic benefits of wind farms.

The notice of inquiry was requested by Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman of Sapulpa after several wind-related bills failed to advance in this year's Legislature.