Requirements for Wind Development

August 15, 2023


In 2015 Oklahoma amended the Oklahoma Wind Energy Development Act. The amendments added new financial security requirements, setback requirements, and notification requirements for wind energy facilities.

In 2010 Oklahoma enacted the Oklahoma Wind Energy Development Act, which became effective January 1, 2011. The Act provides rules for owners of wind energy facilities related to decommissioning, payments, and insurance.


Within one year of abandonment of a project, equipment from wind energy facilities must be removed and the land must be returned to its condition prior to the facility construction, except for roads, by the owner of the wind energy facility. An agreement such as a lease between a landowner and an owner of a wind energy facility may contain more restrictive decommissioning provisions than established in the statute. After 15 years of operation, wind energy facility owners must file an estimate of the decommissioning costs as well as evidence of financial security to cover the cost of the decommission (e.g., surety bond, collateral bond, parent guaranty, letter of credit, etc.). Facilities beginning commercial generation on or after December 31, 2016, must file estimated decommissioning costs and evidence of financial security within 5 years of the start of generation.


For any wind energy facility that makes payments to the landowner dependent upon the amount of electricity produced, facility owners are required to provide an explanation of the payment calculation to the landowner, allow for landowners to confirm the accuracy of payments and audit the records, and make records available to the state of Oklahoma.


Wind energy facilities must have a general liability insurance policy. Proof of such insurance must be provided to the landowner before construction begins.

Setback Requirement

New wind energy facilities may not be constructed with the base of any tower within 1.5 nautical miles of any airport runway, public school, or hospital. 


Owners of new wind energy facilities must submit a notification of intent to build with the Corporation Commission, and submit copies of the notification to the county commissioners of any counties in which the facility will be located and the governing bodies of any municipalities (if any) in which the facility will be located. The notification to the Corporation Commission must be submitted within 6 months of the initial filing of commencement of construction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); the copies must be submitted within 24 hours of the submission to the Corporation Commission.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Oklahoma
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Wind (All)
  • Wind (Small)


Name: 17 O.S. § 160, et seq.
Effective Date: 01/01/2011
Name: S.B. 808, 2015
Date Enacted: 04/17/2015


Address: PO Box 52000
Oklahoma City OK 73152-2000
Phone: (405) 521-2211
Name: Corporation Commission
Organization: Oklahoma Corporation Commission
Address: 2101 N. Lincoln
Oklahoma City OK 73152-2000
Phone: (405) 521-2211

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.