North Dakota's prairie winds waning
The state, often rated as having the greatest wind potential in the nation, now has about 1,400 megawatts of total wind capacity. ...But notices of intent for new wind farms have stalled since last fall and development has slowed in recent months.
April 6, 2012
by Patrick Springer
in Forum Communications
ASHLEY, N.D. - The Coteau des Prairie hills that form a hummocky spine through McIntosh County provide a perfect platform for wind turbines.
They've been chosen as the site for a sprawling 200-megawatt wind farm six miles north of here - one of 20 wind projects that have been permitted or are in the regulatory pipeline in North Dakota.
But more than a year after the Ashley Wind Energy Project was approved, not a single turbine has been erected, and landowners who signed leases with the developer were told in December that the project is on hold.
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