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North Dakota is ranked in the top 10 for potential wind energy capacity.

Wind power is an affordable, efficient and abundant source of domestic electricity. The wind industry in North Dakota and the U.S. has been growing rapidly in recent years. The U.S. Department of Energy developed a report that explored the technical feasibility of using wind to generate 20% of U.S. electrical needs by 2030.

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. 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, the Division of Community Services 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 Zoe Wergeland (701) 328-7252.

Map of North Dakota's Wind Potential
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Useful Wind Power Links

DOE's Wind Energy Program 

DOE's Wind Powering America Program 

Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Wind Technology Center

National Wind Coordinating Committee (NWCC)

U.S. Department of Energy - Clean Energy

Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG)

Wind Interests of North Dakota (WIND)

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

20% Wind Energy by 2030

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