OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has begun a study of wind farms.

The action comes at the request of Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa.

Bingman was the author of the Senate Bill 1440 which would have created a three-year moratorium on the building of wind farms east of Interstate 35. The measure failed to advance.

Interested parties met with commission staff Wednesday. Another meeting is set for Friday.

“I would say we are having meetings with interested parties to identify topics of discussion in a Notice of Inquiry to be filed,” said Brandy Wreath, Oklahoma Corporation Commission public utility division director.

A notice of inquiry is a public process for input, he said.

“It is really a way for the Commission to ask questions and get answers from all parties and sides so they can consider future action that might need to be taken,” Wreath said.

The Corporation Commission staff will make a recommendation to the commission. It could include recommending changes to state law or rule making, he said.

“There is no way for new rules to come out of this without a change in state law,” said Matt Skinner, Corporation Commission spokesman. “We have no direct jurisdiction over generating facilities, with the exception of a fairly new law that makes decommissioning of commercial wind farms an OCC responsibility.”

Some property owners have said they disagree with their neighbor’s decision to allow wind farms because it affects their property and way of life.

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Barbara has covered the statehouse since 1994. She covers politics, appellate courts and state agencies. She has worked for the Tulsa World since 1990. Phone: 405-528-2465

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