Oklahoma Wind Development Brings Big Economic Impact

By Karl Wehmhoener | kwehmhoener@kamr.com

Published 04/01 2014 03:03PM

Updated 04/01 2014 09:54PM

GUYMON -- According to a new economic impact study conducted by Economic Impact Group, LLC out of Oklahoma City, wind power has invested over $6 billion in 26 facilities in Oklahoma wind farms over the last 10 years while creating over 4,000 indirect jobs with $340 million in income.

It has created 1,600 direct full-time jobs that have provided $15 million in wages to local, direct full-time workers and provided over 3,000 megawatts of clean energy.

Property improvements made by wind power developers created a tax base that's is paying more than $22 million a year in payments to local landowners and more than $42 million a year in property taxes to Oklahoma school districts and counties around the state following the short abatement period.

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