Oklahoma can’t claim many significantly developed renewable energy resources outside of wind energy, but the state’s wind industry is unquestionably one of the strongest in the U.S.
Thanks to 29 wind farms concentrated in the western half of the state, Oklahoma generates the 4th most electricity from wind energy in the country,1
and wind power makes up 15% of the state’s electricity portfolio – enough to meet Oklahoma’s renewable portfolio standard. Wind energy is a big reason why Oklahoma boasts some of the cheapest electricity prices in the nation.2
All of that wind power comes with tangible economic benefits: wind power supports over 1,600 jobs in Oklahoma.3
This reliance on wind energy delivers more than jobs in wind turbine manufacturing and installation. The state’s intense wind deployment has also driven job growth in the nascent renewable energy storage industry.4
The good news is that more wind power is on the way. The state’s wind energy capacity is set to grow by 67% over the first half of this year as more installations come online.5
The bad news is that, outside of some hydropower, Oklahoma’s solar and biopower potential has yet to be developed in any meaningful capacity.
Learn more about energy in Oklahoma with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States