Renewable Energy

Clean power for a brighter future.

Oklahoma’s energy expertise extends well beyond traditional energy to geothermal, solar, hydrogen and wind and we’re leading the way with a diverse energy plan.
Oklahoma’s energy expertise extends well beyond traditional energy to wind, solar and other renewable sources.
Wes Seaman

Meet our energy expert.

Wesley Seaman
Energy Specialist

61% More Energy

Oklahoma produces 61% more energy than it consumes. 
(EIA)

47% Energy Production from Renewables

47% of Oklahoma’s total electricity is generated from renewable resources.
(EIA)

100% Renewable Power is Available

Companies operating in Oklahoma can utilize 100% renewable power for their energy needs.

 

17% Lower Energy Costs

Oklahoma has 17% lower energy costs than the national average (Energy Information Administration).

#3 for Total Renewable Production

Third in the nation for total renewable production including wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and bio-diesel.

#4 in Net Electricity Generation

Fourth in the nation for net electricity
generation from renewable sources.
(Governing, 2022)

Clean Power 2023 Partner Directory

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OGE Energy Corp.

Alba N. Weaver, Senior Manager Economic Development and Community Affairs
weaveran@oge.com
oge.com

Serving as a third-party facilitator and resource, our economic development team provides technical support to companies interested in expanding or relocating in our service territory. The economic benefits of low cost, reliable electricity and the opportunities to purchase renewable energy credits give companies and site selection professional’s incentives to relocate. Some of the companies we’ve helped recruit to our service area include CMC in Durant, Okla., and Siemens in Woodward, Okla.

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Enid Regional Development Alliance, Inc.

Charlene Flanery, Executive Director
www.growenid.com

Enid is strategically located between Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Wichita, Kan. A vibrant community of 50,000 people, Enid serves as the regional hub for retail, healthcare, and workforce with a trade area of over 142,000. The Enid Regional Development Alliance (ERDA) helps remove barriers to support business growth in northwest Oklahoma. Connect with ERDA to learn why Enid is the best place to live, work, and grow!

High Plains Technology Center

Taylor Burnett, Business and Industry Services Assistant Superintendent
tburnett@hptc.edu
hptc.edu

Northwest Oklahoma is at the heart of wind development technology in the US, and HPTC is leading the region’s renewable energy initiative. In Woodward, Okla., HPTC’s dynamic, comprehensive wind tech program partners with regional farms for realistic, hands-on training. Our facility also is able to train existing and new wind techs, showcasing a dual-nacelle 35-foot indoor climbing tower for year-round training. We certify in most rescue devices, and are now a GWO certified provider, the first and only in Oklahoma, allowing us to provide wind industry workers attain their GWO certification with training to the GWO standards.

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Canadian Valley Technology Center

James Swigart, Wind Energy Instructor
jlswigart@cvtech.edu
cvtech.edu

Canadian Valley’s Workforce Development team within the Business and Industry Services Division provides professional trainers, consultants and coordinators who have helped hundreds of homegrown enterprises of all sizes succeed. Support services include, but are not limited to:
  • Market Analysis and Business Plan Development
  • Loan Application Support and Site-location Assistance
  • Work Force Development and Legal Issues
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Website Design and E-Commerce
  • Loss Control
Diverse Energy Portfolio

Bioenergy

Oklahoma State University’s Bio-based Products and Energy Center is enhancing productivity for potential feedstocks, improving conversion technologies and optimizing the value of co-products and by-products.

Hydrogen

In 2021, Oklahoma launched the Hydrogen Production, Transportation and Infrastructure Task Force. As the demand for low carbon hydrogen fuel grows, Oklahoma is poised to be a leader in the hydrogen economy.

Recent hydrogen projects in the state include Woodside Petroleum, LSB Industries and CF Industries/NextEra Energy.

Battery Technology & Storage

NextEra Energy Resources’ Skeleton Creek Energy Center located in Garfield County, Okla., features a 200-megawatt, four-hour battery energy storage system.

Spiers New Technologies Inc. has revolutionized the automotive industry with battery “4R” services (repair,
remanufacturing, refurbishing, and repurposing) for advanced battery packs used in hybrid and electric vehicles to optimize the life cycle of their battery pack inventory and maximize its value.

Wind

With a centralized U.S. location, immediate proximity to wind projects, and a position in the heart of the wind corridor, Oklahoma is the ideal site for wind generation, tower and blade production, turbine component manufacturing, repair and maintenance operations, and industry R&D.

  • Oklahoma is home to one of the largest wind farms in North America – the Traverse Wind Energy Center at 998 MW.
  • Oklahoma’s manufacturers continue to expand and thrive from castings, machining, bearings and gears to forges, fabrications and suspended climbing systems, your potential suppliers are right here in Oklahoma.
  • Major Wind Companies in OK: American Electric Power/PSO, Apex Clean Energy, Bergey Windpower, Chermac Energy, EDF Renewables, Enel Green Power North America, Invenergy, NextEra, OG&E, Renew/Takkion.

Geothermal

The University of Oklahoma’s Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Dept of Energy for a study to develop technologies to increase power production from geothermal wells while decreasing production costs.

The Oklahoma state capital building is one of the largest buildings in the world to be heated and cooled by geothermal energy, resulting in savings of 25% in operating costs and zero CO2 emissions.

Solar

Oklahoma’s centralized location provides cost advantages to solar manufacturers for their supply chain and product transportation, and gives companies easy access to consumer markets across the U.S., Mexico and Canada via the state’s port and interstate system infrastructure.

  • No. 6 in solar energy potential in the U.S.
  • 3,000+ sunny hours per year – more than Florida, California or Texas
  • Enel North America plans to locate one of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) cell and panel manufacturing facilities in the U.S. in Inola, Okla. Construction of the facility is planned to begin in the fall of 2023 with the first panel produced and available to the market by the end of 2024.
Why Oklahoma

Oklahoma Mesonet

Collects weather data, including solar and wind speeds, across 120 stations spanning all 77 Oklahoma counties.

Location

A centralized location combined with solar and wind potential put Oklahoma at the forefront of renewable capacity.

Incentives

Oklahoma offers multiple incentive programs to benefit renewable energy companies.

Training a Renewable Workforce

Oklahoma’s nationally-recognized CareerTech centers offer specialized training that prepare students for work in various energy fields. CareerTech also works with companies to create customized programs to meet specific workforce needs.

Specialized renewable and sustainable energy degree programs are offered by Oklahoma State University (OSU), University of Oklahoma (OU), Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC), Rogers State University (RSU), Tulsa Community College (TCC), and the University of Tulsa (TU).

Over the last five years, Oklahoma’s colleges and universities have averaged more than 285 graduates in electrical and electronics engineering and more than 170 construction and engineering technology technicians each year.

TU is also home to the National Energy Policy Institute, a joint project between the university and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

From OSU’s honors from the EPA for green power leadership to TU’s Alternative Energy Institute, Oklahoma’s higher education institutions are focused on the next-generation energy research.

Oklahoma saw a 7% growth rate throughout the last 10 years in energy and engineering related programs, producing more than 32,500 graduates.

Enel Green Power North America is investing in growing a clean energy workforce in Oklahoma through a new training center and office in Oklahoma City.

Renewable Energy Degree Programs

Degree programs related to renewable energy offered at Oklahoma universities and colleges:

  • Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Environmental, Health & Safety
  • Management
  • Wind Turbine Technicians
  • Wind Energy Maintenance
  • Manufacturing Production Technicians
  • Quality Control Technicians

Renewable Energy Vocational Programs

CareerTech programs related to renewable energy:

  • Electricity
  • Electrical Technology
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Science
  • Wind Turbine Technology
Renewable Energy Maps
Map showing the United States and solar energy data as direct normal solar irradiance
Map Citation: Sengupta, M., Y. Xie, A. Lopez, A. Habte, G. Maclaurin, and J. Shelby. 2018. "The National Solar Radiation Data Base (NSRDB)." Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 89 (June): 51-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2018.03.003
Map of the United States showing hydrothermal potential
Map Citation: Geothermal Resource Data, Tools, and Maps National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
https://www.nrel.gov/gis/geothermal.html
Map of the United States showing wind speed at 40 meters above surface level
Draxl, C., B.M. Hodge, A. Clifton, and J. McCaa. 2015. Overview and Meteorological Validation of the Wind Integration National Dataset Toolkit (Technical Report, NREL/TP-5000-61740). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Draxl, C., B.M. Hodge, A. Clifton, and J. McCaa. 2015. "The Wind Integration National Dataset (WIND) Toolkit." Applied Energy 151: 355366.
Lieberman-Cribbin, W., C. Draxl, and A. Clifton. 2014. Guide to Using the WIND Toolkit Validation Code (Technical Report, NREL/TP-5000-62595). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
King, J., A. Clifton, and B.M. Hodge. 2014. Validation of Power Output for the WIND Toolkit (Technical Report, NREL/TP-5D00-61714). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
https://www.nrel.gov/gis/wind.html
Map of Oklahoma showing wind speeds and the location of wind farms and transmission lines
Map Citation: Wind speed date from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Transmission lines and wind farm data from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce
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