March 2, 2018
Bill Shapard

Oklahomans overwhelmingly support the development of the proposed Wind Catcher Project

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, 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.

Bill Shapard
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Bill Shapard

Bill is the founder of and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on major campaigns for both Republicans and Democrats in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004.