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Oklahoma Sees Large Increase In Renewable Energy Production Over The Past Decade

The Arbuckle Mountain Wind Farm in southern Oklahoma.
Brian Hardzinski
The Arbuckle Mountain Wind Farm in southern Oklahoma.

Oklahoma is ranked third in the nation for having the largest increase in renewable energy production over the past decade, according to a recent report. 

The state’s total renewable energy production jumped from almost 7 million MWh in 2010 to over 33 million MWh in 2019. That’s almost a 400% increase. 

Researchers at the retailer Filterbuy used data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration to calculate the change in renewable energy production.  

The report also shows that in 2010, only about 10% of Oklahoma’s total energy production came from renewables, but that rose to about 40% in 2019, with wind being the state’s largest renewable energy source. 

Overall, electric power generated from renewables in the U.S. has increased by more than 70% since 2010. 

According to the report, the expansion of renewables is tied to technological advancements in energy production and storage as well as public policies and investments by governments aiming to decarbonize due to the threat of climate change. 

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Katelyn discovered her love for radio as a student employee at KGOU, graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and then working as a reporter and producer in 2021-22. Katelyn has completed internships at SiriusXM in New York City and at local news organizations such as The Journal Record and The Poteau Daily News. Katelyn served as president of the OU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists from 2017 to 2020. She grew up in Midland, Texas.
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