Oklahoma

Oklahoma is currently experiencing a robust policy debate regarding renewable energy. Debates regarding the technology are ongoing in the state legislature, regulatory agencies,  and communities around the state.  As recently as 2014, Oklahoma has created laws that affect net metering rates and has proposed a bill that would set a goal to generate a quarter of the state’s power from renewable energy sources by 2020.

  • Current and Recent Issues:
    • In December 2015, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission held a hearing regarding SB 1456 in which it determined that its current rate system creates a subsidy for distributed generation user, and particularly for rooftop solar users.  The Commission further determined that a new tariff structure that eliminates the subsidies would be instituted and effective as of December 31st, 2015.
  • Legislative Activity and Committees:
    • SB 1456
      • In April 2014, Governor Mary Fallin signed the ‘Solar Surcharge’ bill into law, which permits utilities to charge extra fees to its customers using any form of distributed generation, such as wind turbines or rooftop solar.
    • SB 654
      • Sets a state goal to have 25% of the state’s power generated from renewable energy sources by the year 2020.
      • Introduced – 2/2/2015
  • Regulatory Agencies:
    • The Oklahoma Corporation CommissionElectric Utilities Division regulates prices and service reliability of three investor-owned electric utilities within Oklahoma.  The three utilities provide retail electric service to most of Oklahoma’s residents.  The Commission also oversees the implementation of electric grid improvements, such as the SMART Grid.