OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Developers have invested more than $6 billion in wind farm construction in Oklahoma and the state now ranks sixth in the nation in the amount of wind energy generated for consumers, according to a new study released Wednesday and commissioned by The Wind Coalition.
The study found that construction and operation of wind farms between 2003 and 2012 produced more than $1 billion in products and services in the state, more than 4,000 jobs in wind energy and supporting industries, and a labor income of more than $340 million.
The study by Economic Impact Group, LLC, an independent consulting firm, demonstrates that the industry has had a statewide economic impact and that wind energy is no longer “alternative energy,” said Curt Roggow, the director of The Wind Coalition Oklahoma. About 15 percent of the electricity generated in Oklahoma comes from the state’s 26 wind farms.
They produce enough energy to power nearly 770,000 homes a year.