Oklahoma added more wind power in 2018, report shows

Source: By Jack Money, The Oklahoman • Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A report released last week by the American Wind Energy Association shows the Sooner State added 576 megawatts of capacity to its wind generation fleet during 2018.

Only three other states added more wind generation during the year, but Oklahoma dropped a spot — from second to third — for operational wind energy capacity at the end of the year, with 8,072 megawatts.

Still, the report notes the state has about 1,800 megawatts of new wind energy planned, with about 400 megawatts of that under construction. That’s about 20 percent of the existing capacity Oklahoma had online at the start of 2018, said Mark Yates, vice president for the Advanced Power Alliance.