WE STOPPED WINDCATCHER!!!
THE TIME IS NOW
Wind Catcher is a proposed $4.5 billion power project to take electricity across Oklahoma and sell it to Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. Less than one third of the power will be going to Oklahoma
Wind Catcher is being opposed by Oklahoma State Attorney General Mike Hunter who said that:
The time to stop it is now. Call and email your Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners and tell them to vote NO on Windcatcher. Don't let corporate greed destroy Oklahoma's farms, lands, and rural quality of life for their own profit!
What is Wind Catcher?
Wind Catcher is a proposed $4.5 billion power project that is facing growing opposition in the State of Oklahoma. The massive electric utility conglomerate AEP from Columbus, Ohio is proposing to build giant 765 Kv power transmission lines through Mounds and Bixby to sell electricity to Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. AEP is rushing through approval of this project with State authorities to have the lines operational by the end of 2020 to gain lucrative tax credits from the Federal Government. This power 765 Kv power infrastructure is enormous with 140 foot tall towers and bases that are 60 feet wide on four sides. This would be the first 765 Kv power line use in North America west of the Mississippi River and, once built, will dominate and diminish the landscape forever.
Where is it Going?
Originally this project was scheduled to run from the Panhandle of Oklahoma through Osage County and terminate in Sperry. Opposition from the Osage tribe and other landowners in Osage County caused AEP to push the proposed route south and avoid Osage County altogether. In January of this year, AEP began studying a route that would bring the power lines to the PSO Jenks Riverside power plant instead of Sperry. This plan called for an ‘Alternate Route' that would take the power lines along existing power right of ways and easements to the Riverside Plant. In the last several weeks AEP has decided there are ‘technical problems' with building the new lines on existing easements and charted a new proposed ‘Study Segment'. This ‘Study Segment' runs west to east between 181st Street and 191st Street starting three miles west of Mounds for 10 miles into Bixby then turns north just past Harvard and continues north between Harvard and Yale to the PSO Riverside plant.
How can we stop it?
AEP is currently soliciting public comment on the proposed Study Segment. Residents of Oklahoma need to let AEP know that we don't want this massive and potentially harmful project on our land. AEP is looking for the path of least resistance and simply sees open pastures and green grass they can build on quickly and cheaply. Landowners and concerned residents need to contact AEP and their elected representatives to let them know we won't submit to AEP's blatant attempt at a land grab. Let AEP build on existing right of ways and easements and keep their hands off of valuable and pristine rural land.
PSO adjusts Wind Catcher power line plans; Bixby drops opposition
The Bixby City Council withdrew its opposition to the Wind Catcher Energy Connection power line project Monday evening after Public Service Co. of Oklahoma presented an alternate plan to not only use existing right-of-way through the southern part of the town but to rebuild that route with smaller towers.
PSO Announces Its Wind Catcher Project Won't Go Through Bixby
PSO says its Wind Catcher energy project will now take a different route through Tulsa County that avoids Bixby.
The announcement came during Bixby’s City Council meeting, where hundreds of residents showed up to hear an update.
PSO says engineers have been working on finding alternate routes all along, and this past weekend they finally found one that won’t go through Bixby.
Bixby residents score victory in battle against Wind Catcher
PSO president Stuart Solomon unveiling a compromise in a presentation to the city council. Build the new Wind Catcher line using only their existing right of ways, rebuilding old towers with new ones, and no new land needed for the project.
Oklahoma AG Files Motion Supporting Bixby In PSO Power Line Fight
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter files motion supporting the City of Bixby's challenge to PSO's proposed Wind Catcher Project route through the city.
Don't Be A Stan
This is Stan Whiteford. He's a communications professional with Public Service Co. of Oklahoma. He's been doing that job for a long, long time. And then Wind Catcher happened. Stan wasn't prepared. Stan is stale, boring, and uses canned talking points. Stan's on camera persona is awful. Stan seems surprised to be the most hated man in Bixby. Stan can't handle this job. It's time for Stan to retire. Don't be a Stan.
Bixby City Council votes to hire lawyers to fight Wind Catcher transmission lines
The Bixby City Council voted Monday to hire the law firm Gable Gotwals to represent the city before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in an effort to add its opposition to the building of the Wind Catcher Energy Project to the record.
The city plans to ask the commission to either deny preapproval of cost recovery or to stay a decision until Bixby residents can be heard.
Bixby residents raise resistance to Wind Catcher power line route
Planning for the last few miles of the 380-mile Wind Catcher Connection power line is proving to be the most contentious.
Bixby residents have organized and, as a result, on Monday at 5 p.m. the Bixby City Council is holding a special meeting to explore further options in how it might approach the Oklahoma Corporation Commission about dismissing Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s application for pre-approval of the Wind Catcher project, including an agenda item that proposes hiring attorneys Gable Gotwals to represent the city.
Wind Catcher project gets blowback from some Bixby residents
One look at Lonni St. John's grandchildren feeding their tiny horses and pet cow, Norman, and you're hooked on this slice of heaven they've built on the 181 ranch.
"Norman, you're on the news!"
The Wind Catcher project is a proposed path of a high capacity power transmission line that would run from a wind farm out in the panhandle right through Bixby's backyard, say Public Service Company of Oklahoma officials.
AEP is Desperate for Wind Catcher Approval in Oklahoma
What was it AEP's CEO said about the time line for the company's Wind Catcher project recently?
AEP's Smoke and Mirrors Hide Lack of Regulatory Progress on Wind Catcher
AEP announced the addition of several parties to its proposed settlement agreement in Oklahoma last week. The sycophantic trade press and other outlets duly reported this as regulatory progress. Lots of smoke and mirrors for something of relatively little value. It doesn't matter how many minor parties sign up to receive something of value to them when the major party who will pay for the project continues to oppose the settlement.
Praying for Profits
"Living on a prayer" is how AEP CEO Nick Akins describes his company's Wind Catcher project. I will allow you a moment to wallow in 1986 now, when your pimply garage band may have created meaning for the rest of your teenage life.
Some Bixby Residents Oppose Plan To Put Large Power Lines On Their Land
Some Bixby residents are pushing back against a project that would bring huge power lines to their properties.
At a city council meeting on Tuesday, PSO said it would increase tax revenue and create new jobs.
But landowners say that would come at a big cost to them.
AEP Wind Catcher Support Letters to Oklahoma Corporation Commission Signed by AEP Employees
What's a company to do when it wants to create a feeling of overwhelming support for regulatory approval of one of its projects, but it lacks overwhelming support?Create it with home-grown resources!
Louisiana Utility Regulators Won’t Support Oklahoma’s Wind Catcher Project
The Louisiana Public Service Commission has voted to withhold its support for the Wind Catcher Wind project planned for the Oklahoma Panhandle. And it could put the entire $4.5 billion project involving Public Service Company of Oklahoma in jeopardy.The Louisiana PSC went against its staff’s recommendation to allow the Southwestern Electric Power Company to acquire the 2,000-MW wind farm near Guymon, one that developers say would be the nation’s largest wind farm.
Oklahoma Attorney General and the director of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Public Utility Division still opposed Wind Catcher
The Oklahoma Attorney General and the director of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Public Utility Division stated in a regulatory filing late Monday they remain opposed to Public Service Co. of Oklahoma's request to obtain preapproval to recover costs to build the Wind Catcher Connection project.
However, Attorney General Mike Hunter and Brandy Wreath, director of the utility division, did include a list of stipulations they could agree to as part of the filing, asking for the commission's elected members to require those as part of any deal where the utility is granted the preapproval it seeks.
Osage Minerals Council nixes Wind Catcher 'preferred route'; AEP-PSO looks to southern paths for transmission lines toward Tulsa
Resistance is a term used in measuring how much something reduces the flow of the electric current flowing through it.
It’s also a term coming up in relation to the Wind Catcher Connection power line that would bring power from the massive Wind Catcher wind farm near Guymon across the state into Tulsa for distribution on existing lines to points into Arkansas, Louisiana and eastern Texas.
The project is a partnership between Public Service Company of Oklahoma and its sister company, Southwestern Electric Power Co. PSO’s share of the project investment is $1.36 billion.
Don't Let New York Drive Energy Policy for Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas
John Tidwell May 1, 2018 6:30 AM
The Empire State should keep its wrong-headed, draconian, expensive emissions cuts to itself.
Not content with fouling up its own energy policy, New York - with some of the country's highest electricity rates - wants to foul up Arkansas's, Louisiana's, and Oklahoma's, too.
New York state's government-employee pension fund, run by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, owns a $100 million stake in American Electric Power (AEP), which provides electricity in the three other states mentioned above, our states. What the federal government wisely chooses not to do, activist shareholders like DiNapoli are trying to do instead.
DiNapoli drafted a shareholder resolution that would have compelled AEP to cut greenhouse-gas emissions in line with "reduction needs defined by the Paris Climate Agreement," which President Trump has vowed to leave. But before this resolution was even brought to a vote, AEP caved to DiNapoli's threat. So our electricity policy is now being set in deep-blue Albany.
Meeting DiNapoli's demands won't be easy. AEP has pledged to slash its greenhouse-gas emissions to 60 percent below 2000 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below the same levels by 2050. Emissions cuts of this magnitude are so steep that the parties to the Paris Agreement wouldn't even agree to anything like them.