According to the Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. wind energy installations currently produce enough electricity on a a typical day to power the equivalent of over 2.5 million homes. As an industry, it is growing rapidly. In fact, the U.S. installed capacity has grown to 5 times what it was in 1999. DOE and it's partners created a report demonstrating how wind could provide 20% of the U.S. electricity needs by 2030. Read the full report to find out how.
The wind energy industry is growing in North Dakota as well. North Dakota has an outstanding wind resource, providing more available wind for development than any other state. For a map of North Dakota's wind potential, please see the link for the document below.
To date, DCS has awarded 28 grants for wind monitoring projects throughout the state, helping to find optimal sites for harvesting wind. Data is available upon request.
For information about the program contact Paul Govig, Director, Division of Community Services (701) 328-4499.