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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Requirements for Wind Development   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/12/2014
Program Overview:
State: Oklahoma
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Wind
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Construction, Utility, Installer/Contractor
Authority 1:
Date Effective:
17 O.S. ยง 160.11, et seq.

In 2010 Oklahoma enacted the Oklahoma Wind Energy Development Act, which became effective January 1, 2011. The Act provides rules for owners of wind energy facilities related to decommissioning, payments, and insurance.


Within one year of abandonment of a project, equipment from wind energy facilities must be removed and the land must be returned to its condition prior to the facility construction, except for roads, by the owner of the wind energy facility. An agreement such as a lease between a landowner and an owner of a wind energy facility may contain more restrictive decommissioning provisions than established in the statute. After 15 years of operation, wind energy facility owners must file an estimate of the decommissioning costs as well as evidence of financial security to cover the cost of the decommission (e.g., surety bond, collateral bond, parent guaranty, letter of credit, etc.).


For any wind energy facility that makes payments to the landowner dependent upon the amount of electricity produced, facility owners are required to provide an explanation of the payment calculation to the landowner, allow for landowners to confirm the accuracy of payments and audit the records, and make records available to the state of Oklahoma.


Wind energy facilities must have a general liability insurance policy. Proof of such insurance must be provided to the landowner before construction begins.

  Oklahoma Corporation Commission
PO Box 52000
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2000
Phone: (405) 521-2211
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