Oklahoma may be one of the largest producers of natural gas & crude oil in the nation, but it’s also the state where the wind comes sweeping down the plain. In 2022, the state generated 44% of its electricity needs from wind power, and that percentage is likely to grow. Farmers who are wary of the boom & bust cycles of oil and conscious of increasing weather extremes see wind turbines as a relatively stable investment. It will take some time before the state weans itself off natural gas, but it’s in a stronger position than some of its neighbors.
You can get in on the conversation by earning an OK energy degree or certificate from our listings. Although you’ll see a large number of programs that focus on fossil fuel issues, Oklahoma universities are adapting to new realities. For instance, OSU now funds a unique Biobased Products and Energy Center (BioPEC). Colleges of Engineering will be able to tell you more about energy-related BS and MS pathways. Market enthusiasts should also check out OU’s Energy Institute in the Price College of Business.