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Oklahoma Governor signs Renewable Energy Standard into law

Governor Brad Henry has approved a Renewable Energy Standard (RES) that will source 15% of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2015.

The Energy Security Act will expand the use of renewable energy such as wind, solar and geothermal power in the state over the next five years. It also includes a natural gas standard that will increase use of Oklahoma’s own reserves, declaring natural gas to be the preferred fuel for electricity generation.

House Bill 3028, introduced by Speaker of the House Chris Benge and Senator David Myers, requires the Oklahoma Legislature and the Corporation Commission to develop a plan for transmission grid expansion in the state.

Efficiency can be applied towards RES

The bill allows electricity generators to use energy efficiency in order to meet the renewable energy goal.

“This legislation advances our nation’s energy security, improves the environment and enhances Oklahoma’s economic development potential,” says Henry. “It signals to renewable and clean energy manufacturers that Oklahoma is a leader in renewable energy and supportive of efforts to expand this industry.”

“With the passage of this legislation, alternative energy manufacturing companies will take a closer look at locating in Oklahoma,” he adds.

The Governor commends Benge, Myers and members of the Oklahoma Clean Energy Independence Commission for their leadership in creating a comprehensive plan to encourage the use of Oklahoma’s abundant natural resources.

Transmission to be expanded

“Without adequate transmission capacity, Oklahoma may miss an opportunity to provide clean energy for the region,” adds energy secretary Bobby Wegener.

“A more robust transmission system will increase reliability for all customers and allow clean Oklahoma power generation to serve the electricity needs of Oklahomans and others throughout the country.”

The Act sets a target of placing compressed natural gas fueling stations every 100 miles along the interstate highway system by 2015, and every 50 miles by 2025, for vehicles powered by natural gas.

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