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Two companies have announced plans to build new wind farms in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

TradeWind Energy Inc. says it will develop a 200-megawatt wind farm near Goodwell in Texas County while Apex Clean Energy Inc. is planning a 300-megawatt farm near Balko in Beaver County.

Both projects were announced Thursday.

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Wind Capital Group has announced that it's selling its Osage County Wind development project to TradeWind Energy and its foreign parent company, but a local Indian tribe is still concerned the project may go ahead without required federal, environmental and cultural studies.

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Oklahoma has a lot of wind energy potential, and the state’s overall capacity for wind-powered electricity generation is growing.

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The National Congress of American Indians has joined the Osage Nation in opposing federal actions to permit eagle kills caused by wind industry development on tribal lands without regard for tribal cultural interests and authority. 

A recent NCAI resolution says authorizing the wind energy project to kill eagles in Osage Nation territory without the tribe's consent would set a dangerous precedent. The resolution says it would limit the ability of all tribes in the U.S. to protect their cultural resources.

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