Oklahoma poised to become renewable energy leader

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ With a huge wind corridor in western Oklahoma and local researchers working on creating biofuels from perennial native grasses, experts say Oklahoma is poised to become a leader in the renewable energy industry.

Speaking today at the Oklahoma Biofuels Conference in Oklahoma City, renewable energy experts say the emphasis on biofuels and wind energy likely will continue under President-elect Obama's administration.

Oklahoma Energy Secretary David Fleischaker says Oklahoma has 40,000 megawatts of wind potential in western Oklahoma. He says the Obama administration's attitude toward bringing wind into the grid will greatly benefit that industry in Oklahoma.

He also says he anticipates more funding of research into biofuels technology.