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North Dakota Wind Energy

If you think that North Dakota is one of the windiest states in the nation, you`re right. A study proves it. And with the encouragement of that Department of Energy study, the wind industry in the state is growing.

If you think that North Dakota is one of the windiest states in the nation, you`re right. A study proves it. And with the encouragement of that Department of Energy study, the wind industry in the state is growing.

North Dakota has a lot of resources to produce energy with: lignite coal, oil, natural gas, and biomass, or products like E-85, and wind. The state already exports about 70% of the electricity generated in the state, so those high winds blowing across the great plains are actually doing the state some good.

As long as the wind blows, wind turbines will produce energy. And since the wind blows a lot in North Dakota, wind energy will probably be around here for quite some time.

"This is something that we`ll see a lot more of. I think in the next few years you`ll see, based on what we have available as far as transmission, I think you`ll see another 150 to 200 megawatts of wind energy," says Kim Christianson, of the North Dakota Office of Renewable Energy.

Not only is the state producing more wind energy, two large companies in North Dakota are manufacturing parts for the turbines, and their business is booming.

"They`ve both expanded operations and have added workers, and the two combined... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

If you think that North Dakota is one of the windiest states in the nation, you`re right. A study proves it. And with the encouragement of that Department of Energy study, the wind industry in the state is growing.

North Dakota has a lot of resources to produce energy with: lignite coal, oil, natural gas, and biomass, or products like E-85, and wind. The state already exports about 70% of the electricity generated in the state, so those high winds blowing across the great plains are actually doing the state some good.

As long as the wind blows, wind turbines will produce energy. And since the wind blows a lot in North Dakota, wind energy will probably be around here for quite some time.

"This is something that we`ll see a lot more of. I think in the next few years you`ll see, based on what we have available as far as transmission, I think you`ll see another 150 to 200 megawatts of wind energy," says Kim Christianson, of the North Dakota Office of Renewable Energy.

Not only is the state producing more wind energy, two large companies in North Dakota are manufacturing parts for the turbines, and their business is booming.

"They`ve both expanded operations and have added workers, and the two combined total over 600 workers, so it`s a real nice situation for the state of North Dakota," Christianson says.

But there`s a downside to wind power. Because it`s dependent on wind speed, wind energy will never be able to completely replace traditional energy sources. But it is able to make a significant energy contribution, helping the state generate more power with renewable resources.

"It`ll never replace coal-generated electricity. It`s just a part of the mix. It can add on to it, and that`s the nice thing about North Dakota is we have resources, we have wind energy resources, we have lignite coal, we have oil and gas, and we have biomass in abundance," Christianson says.

"What`s on the drawing board in the U.S. is tens of thousands of megawatts of wind. There`s no reason why that shouldn`t be built largely in North Dakota, which has the number one wind resource in the entire country," says John DiDonato, Executive Director of FPL Energy, which can produce and sell about 160 megawatts of wind electricity in the state.

The faster the wind is blowing, the more electricity generated. At full power, enough electricity can be generated in the state to power over 150,000 homes. On average, each wind turbine will produce about 40% of what it could produce if it operated at full capacity all the time.

 


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SEP 8 2006
http://www.windaction.org/posts/4443-north-dakota-wind-energy
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