By Bryan Horwath | The Dickinson Press
If Chicago is known as the “Windy City,” then North Dakota might as well be known as the “Windy State.”
Realistically speaking, the Peace Garden State is known much more these days for its oil in the booming Bakken, but production of its vast wind energy is also on the rise of late.
Other wind projects around the state include a large turbine operation in the works near Courtenay north of Jamestown and the dedication next week of the Bison Wind Energy Project near New Salem, the culmination of a three-phase, three-year project consisting of more than 100 turbines.
Those projects are in addition to about 20 turbine clusters around the state, with plans in the works for another near Hettinger, according to North Dakota Public Service Commission Chairman Brian Kalk.
“A few years ago, wind was pretty busy in North Dakota with a lot of projects going on,” Kalk said. “Last year, there was a lot of uncertainty around the (wind energy) production tax credit, which is a tax break for some of those projects. That, coupled with the fact that energy demand has been down around the country, we didn’t have any wind projects last year. Since the start of this year, however, we have five new wind farms in the works in the state.”
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