Oklahomans want to see more development of renewable energies in the state of Oklahoma, according to a recent likely voter study conducted by SoonerPoll.

The Wind Catcher Energy Connection is a wind energy project being proposed for development in the panhandle of Oklahoma.  The proposed project would be a 4.5 billion dollar investment in the state and would supply affordable, renewable energy to customers in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas. The project would support approximately 8,400 jobs annually during construction and 80 permanent jobs once operational.

Overall, an overwhelming 75.5 percent support the project.  Of that support, the vast majority “strongly supported” the project, 45 percent to 30.5 percent who somewhat supported it.

Support was broad-based among likely voting Oklahomans of all ages, geographical location, political parties and ideological viewpoints, as well as among both men and women. Support was also strong regardless whether the participant lived in or outside the Public Service of Oklahoma (PSO) service area, where the Oklahoma share of the renewable energy will be provided.

When asked if they would be more likely or less likely to support the project if they knew that PSO customers would save around $2 billion over the 25-year life of the wind farm compared to projected market costs for procuring power over the same period, 68.2 percent of Oklahomans said they would be MORE likely to support it, with 44.1 points of the 68.2 percent MUCH MORE likely to support.

Overall, 78 percent of Oklahomans support the development of wind and other renewable sources of energy in the state of Oklahoma, which is an overwhelming percentage of the state’s voting population that see the tremendous impact renewable energy projects can have on the state’s economy.

About the Poll

SoonerPoll.com, Oklahoma’s only independent, non-partisan public opinion pollster, conducted the poll of Oklahoma likely voters, which was commissioned by Invenergy and GE Renewable Energy.

The scientific study was conducted October 27, 2017 with 307 likely Oklahoma voters selected at random statewide from a frame of landline telephone and conducted using IVR (Interactive Voice Response) technology. The sample was weighted by age, party and congressional district in order to reflect the Oklahoma likely voter population for a general election.

The sample reflects the traditional demographical profile of the Oklahoma likely voter with roughly half of respondents identifying as conservative. The study has a Margin of Error (MoE) of ± 5.59 percent.

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Bill is the founder of SoonerPoll.com and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on a major campaign in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004. Under Bill’s leadership, SoonerPoll has become the leading public opinion polling company in the state of Oklahoma conducting more public opinion polls for Oklahoma news media than all other pollsters combined since 2006. Bill’s commitment to go above and beyond the AAPOR ethical guidelines of minimum disclosure ensures that SoonerPoll produces quality results every time. Bill has lectured at Oklahoma State University on developing polling methodologies, data collection processes, and advanced likely voter sampling techniques. Bill also serves as an on-air political commentator for Oklahoma television stations.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Wind energy is not economically viable. It relies on government subsidies and consumer taxing (by choice) to make it economical. What kind of business model is that. Quit giving money to build wind turbines and give it to teachers. Invest in energy solutions that make enough money to support their operating costs.

    • Fred, thank you for your comment, but just to let you know, the Wind Catcher project would not receive any state subsidies should it be developed. That’s a $4.5 billion investment in the state without subsidies, and one of only a few that would actually produce energy for Oklahomans who are Public Service of Oklahoma (PSO) customers. A win-win.

    • Bill, PSO wants the Wind Catcher project to qualify 100% for the Federal Production Tax Credit, so it is relying on government subsidies. In fact it isn’t economically viable with out the tax credit. PSO customers will only receive 20% of the electricity produced. The rest will be sent to SWEPCO customers in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.

      I would ask you to conduct your poll again, but this time ask if the public supports the use of eminent domain to construct this project. AEP/PSO will most definitely have to exercise that power in order to build the 765kV line that moves the electricity from the Panhandle to a substation northeast of Tulsa. After they seize the land through the force of government, AEP/PSO is going to blight thousands of acres of the land against the owners wishes by building the power line, just so some people in Tulsa can save a few bucks on their electric bill. That is a win-win in your book? How much did AEP/PSO pay you to conduct the poll?

      • Jonathan, thank you for your comment. Yes, federal subsidies but not state subsidies, which have been the most objectionable since the state has operated with a budget deficit over the last year. Are you against a federal subsidy? If you are, then you are pushing development from Oklahoma to other states where they will still get the federal subsidy. Yes, the rest of the energy produced will go to other states. This is what we do with the oil and gas we drill for. Are you against that as well? I appreciate your opinion, but these are some things that you should consider.

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