House Speaker Pro Tempore Gus Blackwell was asked to speak on energy issues at the International Wind Power Conference and Exhibit in Houston, Texas this month.

More than 13,000 attendees from all over the United States and the world attended the conference. This included representatives from Korea, India, Germany and France as well as many from individual states including Oklahoma. The conference is one of the largest informational energy conferences that focuses on the potential of wind power.

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“I was overwhelmed by the international scope of the exhibits and the engineering depth in technology,” said Blackwell, R-Goodwell. “Wind power will be an integral part of the solution to the world’s energy problem in the future.”

Rep. Blackwell, who is also the vice-chair of the Oklahoma Energy Transmission Task Force, spoke on a panel that discussed the problems facing wind power development. He also touched on the legislative energy policies that he authored and helped pass the Oklahoma House of Representatives and how these measures will be significant to Oklahoma’s energy needs.

“The wind power conference reemphasized that Oklahoma is becoming wind central in the US,” said David Fleischaker, energy secretary for Oklahoma. “The National Renewable Energy Laboratory predicts by 2030 Oklahoma will be the 2nd largest wind generating state in the country and with the leadership of our elected officials like Representative Blackwell and Senator Laughlin, this dream will become a reality.”


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