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’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.
Oklahoma Quick Facts
- No. 3 for installed wind capacity with 8,072 MW of wind capacity (1Q 2019) and another 1,387 MW under construction.
- 7,000+ jobs across the wind industry
- 2nd in the U.S. for New Capacity and 4th for existing capacity in 2015.
- Over 30% of Oklahoma’s electricity comes from wind energy, putting Oklahoma in the top 3 for wind energy generation.
- $14.7 billion in total wind project investment
“Locating our newest wind service facility in Woodward, Oklahoma affords us a tremendous opportunity to be close to many of our U.S. customers and provide them with a high level of service that’s both efficient and cost effective.”
— Tim Holt, President of Power Generation Services Division, Siemens
Oklahoma has competitive wages
Below are some example professions for the wind industry and their median wages in Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s wages are among the most competitive in the country.
|Occupation Description||Median Hourly Earnings, Oklahoma||Median Hourly Earnings, Nationwide|
|Transportation, Storage & Distribution Managers||$35.05||$45.54|
|Software Developers, Applications||$40.82||$49.82|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||$42.14||$52.89|
|Production, Planning & Expediting Clerks||$22.92||$22.88|
|Shipping, Receiving & Traffic Clerks||$15.66||$15.88|
|Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, Samplers & Recordkeeping||$18.40||$15.53|
|First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers & Repairers||$31.44||$31.80|
|Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers||$19.94||$19.89|
|Power Plant Operators||$33.61||$37.51|
Source: BLS, May 2018
Wind energy giants call Oklahoma home
- Apex Clean Energy
- Bergey Windpower Company
- Duke Renewables
- Enel Green Power
- Southern Company
Visit our 2019 AWEA Windpower Partners
ENID REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Enid is full of energy thanks to the natural resources of wind and the growth of the city’s manufacturing sector. Located in northern Oklahoma, west of I-35, Enid is the largest city in the northwest quadrant of the state. Enid is a hub for wind energy with more than 900 MW of built capacity around the city, and one of the state’s only transload facilities receiving and storing wind components to serve demand in the region. The robust rail and highway networks, and the proximity to projects are an attractive draw to manufacturers.
FRANCIS TUTTLE WIND TURBINE TECHNICIAN PROGRAM
In support of Oklahoma’s growing need for qualified wind energy technicians, Francis Tuttle Technology Center has designed a customizable training program targeted to the needs of the wind industry. Francis Tuttle’s Wind Turbine Technician Program provides hands-on training on a GE 1.5-MW nacelle, and offers certifications in a variety of skills for your current workforce and to prepare future technicians for a career in the wind industry.
HIGH PLAINS TECHNOLOGY CENTER
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.
NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA ALLIANCE
The sky’s the limit in Northwest Oklahoma with our wide open space and sunny blue skies. Wind and solar companies already know this is true and have a large presence in our region of the state. The Northwest Oklahoma Alliance works with community and state leaders to facilitate the needs of industry in regards to business policy, workforce initiatives, and the economy. We welcome you to learn more about how a presence in Northwest Oklahoma can ensure your company’s success.
OKLAHOMA GAS AND ELECTRIC
With more than 840,000 customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas, OG&E is a pioneer in renewable energy and was Oklahoma’s first electric utility to launch wind and solar power. With a strong commitment to a diversified fuel mix, the company has more than 10 percent of its capacity in wind power, and has built three solar farms in the last two years. OG&E has been honored with the industry’s most prestigious awards and has ranked consistently high in customer satisfaction and reliability. Besides nearly 20,000 employee volunteer hours annually, OG&E is committed to strengthening Oklahoma and the nearly 300 communities it serves.
PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY OF OKLAHOMA
Tulsa-based Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is an electric utility company serving more than 550,000 customer accounts in 232 cities and towns across eastern and southwestern Oklahoma. With more than 1,100 megawatts under long-term contract, wind energy makes up nearly one quarter of the electricity delivered to PSO customers. Additionally, through PSO’s WindChoice program, customers may purchase up to 100% Oklahoma wind power. For more information, visit www.PSOklahoma.com.
Let’s work together
Oklahoma is at the center of the global energy industry. Join our state of success. Contact us today to get started. Call the Oklahoma Team at 800-588-5959.