Greater Oklahoma City is in the geographic center of North America equidistant from the east and west coasts and major trade partners of Canada and Mexico. The ten county region is at the crossroads of the U.S., sitting at the heart of three major national highways on the NAFTA corridor.
There's a reason Greater Oklahoma City is such a great place for business: Location. The ten county region is positioned within a day's drive of the rapidly-growing south-central region (OK, TX, AR, LA) projected to grow more than 44% during the next 25 years.
Well-known for being a global oil capital (as well as for having a working oil well on the grounds of the state capitol), Oklahoma City's energy industry has developed significantly from its oil-intense beginnings. OKC also makes a great fit for CNG, Wind and Solar production / manufacturing, due to our strategic central location, wealth of advanced manufacturing, production and workforce synergies due to our well-developed aerospace sector, and low input costs.
A Global Headquarters of CNG Activity
Oklahoma's roots run deep in the petroleum industry. As domestic oil production has shifted to more environmentally friendly alternatives, Greater Oklahoma City's position in the energy industry has only strengthened. The two biggest independent producers of natural gas in the world, Chesapeake Energy and Devon Energy Corporation, are headquartered right here along with numerous other well-known companies engaged in natural gas production and transportation, like SandRidge Energy and Chaparral Energy. Greater Oklahoma City's opportunity for synergy, efficiency and growth in this clean, growing alternative energy industry is increasingly evident. Oklahoma ranks in the top 5 in the nation in production of cleaner-burning, cost-effective compressed natural gas - an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional fossil fuels.
Wind is Power
Oklahoma is not only currently ranked in the top ten in the nation for installed wind energy capacity by Wind Today magazine, but also boasts one of the largest kilowatt-hour potentials in the world at 725 billion kWh. This is enough to supply 10% of the nation's renewable electricity needs by 2030. Not only does OG&E, Central Oklahoma's power utility, offer 100% renewable wind energy from two of the nation's largest utility-owned wind farms (in addition to a leased facility), even more capacity is being built and planned, including the recently-approved "Crossroads" wind farm, scheduled for completion in 2011. Along with two other projects currently under construction, the "Crossroads" farm will bring OG&E's wind production level to 750 megawatts of inexpensive, renewable electricity. Greater Oklahoma City is your portal to the nation's "wind corridor." Find out more from the Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative.
Bringing Light to the World
Sure we've got more than 300 days of sunshine a year, and as much solar gain as Southern California, Florida, and Texas. But Greater Oklahoma City is not just a great place to install photovoltaics. With our variety of sites along with our civic, corporate and community partners, we're committed to keeping this a great place for easy, efficient, and low-cost manufacturing operations. Whether you need glass from a nearby plant, trucking in materials to assist in silicon purification, or trained and available workers, the Greater Oklahoma City region offers a package of unparalleled solar manufacturing advantages.