In a special session held Monday, Dec. 9, the Piedmont City Council approved a settlement agreement with Apex Clean Energy and Kingfisher Wind LLC.
The agreement establishes a “No Turbine Area” in which the wind energy companies agreed they will not build any turbines and outside of which the City of Piedmont will not prohibit the construction of wind turbines. The “No Turbine Area” extends west of Piedmont to Manning Rd and runs south to Wilshire Blvd. Because of the jagged nature of Piedmont’s city limits, some areas of Piedmont receive a three mile buffer and others receive a two mile buffer. The only area with less than a two mile buffer is the small piece of Piedmont that juts into Kingfisher County.
In addition to the “No Turbine Zone”, the wind energy companies agreed to not construct any turbines taller than 499 ft. and to set back all turbines at least 1500 ft. from the residences of non-participating landowners within the project area. The agreement also states that Kingfisher Wind will pay the City of Piedmont a one-time sum of $20,000.