The Wind Coalition, the leading advocacy organization representing the wind energy industry in Oklahoma and throughout America’s Wind Corridor, announced today the hiring of Mark Yates as Oklahoma Director. Yates will coordinate advocacy, education and community relations efforts across Oklahoma promoting the positive economic benefits that the wind industry is delivering to Oklahoma ratepayers and communities.
Yates said, “Oklahoma can power Oklahoma and I look forward to working with our community leaders and elected officials to build an Oklahoma that is energy independent. With our infinite wind energy and vast natural gas resources, we can end our dependence on imported fuels and deliver cleaner, cheaper electric power to Oklahoma citizens. Wind energy continues to grow in Oklahoma because it provides opportunity in so many ways. For farmers and ranchers, wind provides an opportunity at reliable income from their land. For communities and schools, wind provides needed funding. For every Oklahoma consumer, wind provides cleaner, cheaper ‘Made in Oklahoma’ energy. The future is bright and I am proud to be a part of it.”
Jeffrey Clark, President of The Wind Coalition, said, “Mark knows and loves rural Oklahoma and has shown tremendous commitment to growing the economy. As we continue to grow and invest in the state, we are thrilled to add him to our Oklahoma team.”
Yates comes to The Wind Coalition from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s public policy division. A native of Pauls Valley, he received a bachelor’s degree in history education from East Central University and a master’s degree in secondary administration. He resides in Edmond with his wife, Stacy, and their three-year-old daughter Londyn.