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In Oklahoma, generators sell like hotcakes (especially after a good ice storm).  The amazing thing is that home- and business-owners typically purchase a generator only for use in an emergency.  They might sit unused for several years between outages (props to the utilities for their dependability).  It's peace of mind that one purchases a generator for, and a contingency plan for a disaster. 
The Oklahoma Deparment of Commerce (ODOC) is serious about getting funds to Oklahoma State Agencies and other Public Buildings.
It‘s that time again - The OREC / AEE Energy Conference is being planned! The date is set for 1/9/19 (Wednesday, January 9th, 2019), and it’s in Tulsa this year! Sponsorships and tickets will be available soon.  OREC will have guest speakers presenting on 3 topics you want to hear about. Last year, the keynote speaker was on batteries and we had breakouts on solar, wind and electric vehicles. If you have any suggestions on topics or speakers, please email  
As promised earlier this year by OREC guest speaker Loyd Drain, the SEAM Study from The National Renewable Energy Laboratories has been released. They held a large symposium at Iowa State University on July 26, 2018. The study itself was released there, and multiple guest speakers presented on topics related to the study.
The President of OREC, Tyson Taussig, was interviewed by Mr. Jack Money with the Oklahoman for a story published in the Sunday paper (August 12th, 2018). 
Oklahoma government is getting some much deserved help investing in energy efficiency. Without any RPS, Oklahoma hasn’t had any mandatory spending on renewable energy or energy efficiency. Between the inattention and the annual budget cuts, all public infrastructure has taken a hit. Specifically, by not investing in our buildings, our state has locked itself into high operating costs. 
One of the largest energy consumers in Oklahoma are our schools, with thousands of buildings across the state. One of the largest school districts in the state seems they are finally getting serious about saving energy.  All the budget problems that have befallen our public schools are not their fault - they're just playing the hand they've been dealt. One part of the budget that has always been certain is operating expenses, it just costs a certain amount to open the doors to the kids. 
The City of Norman approved a resolution to transition to renewable energy by 2035. Although the resolution was approved unanimously, it is not binding on the city long-term. The resolution distinguishes two sectors of energy: electricity and heat & transportation, with the more urgent emphasis on electricity generated by clean renewable sources. They resolve to be fully renewable for heat and transportation by 2050. Norman joins 68 other cities across the US in this important commitment to renewable energy.
While things are changing here in Oklahoma, some things stay the same.  Attacks on the wind industry are as constant as the wind itself, reliably coming each spring with the legislative session.  The latest gust has come through SB888; originally a bill to end the ethanol tax credit, the latest iteration would have ended the refundability of the Wind Tax Credit beginning January 1, 2019.

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