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DOE Grid Study Highlights Wind’s Benefits, Need for Transmission

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The long-anticipated Department of Energy electricity grid reliability study finally came out and addressed how to best ensure a reliable power source for American families and businesses. A few key insights from the report highlight that wind energy makes the electric grid more reliable, and that additional investment in transmission lines is essential to unlocking more renewables across the nation.

Wind provides important grid services like voltage control and frequency regulation, which help grid   […]   Read More »

A Wind Energy Boom Is Coming To South Dakota

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Boasting some of the strongest wind resources in the country (fourth, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory) and the wide open spaces that developers relish, it’s no surprise that South Dakota is in the midst of a wind boom.

Last year, the state generated more than 30% of its electricity from wind power, the second highest in the country. But with the construction of the CapX2020 transmission portfolio, which   […]   Read More »

In their own words: what Midwesterners are saying on wind power

Aug. 10, 2017

The energy sector can be a technical and wonky place, with a lot of jargon around public utilities commission dockets, integrated resource plans, and electricity rate design and transmission issues.

But renewable sources of energy like wind and solar do something remarkable – they safely enable energy production to be shifted from faraway centralized plants to local homes, farms, churches, businesses, and communities. And that’s providing a chance for more people in many more places to   […]   Read More »

Wind Energy Is Proud to Be American

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I was a kid in 1976 when America was celebrating its bicentennial. It was a really big deal. I remember seeing and hearing signs and symbols of American pride on everything. Red, white and blue was everywhere. I even had red, white and blue plaid bell-bottom pants! Today, America’s growing wind energy sector is becoming a source of that kind of national pride, and it should be.

The inaugural American Wind Week, happening now, is a   […]   Read More »

6 Ways Rural Communities Can Win with Wind


When a wind project developer comes to town, it’s natural for rural communities to have a lot of questions about how a wind project might affect their community and its individuals. A wind project can be a big change, but it can also offer a lot of benefits to the landowners, townships, schools, towns, business, and counties that host them. Wind developers build 99 percent of their projects in rural communities and are eager to ensure   […]   Read More »

Transmission Projects Make Grid Reliable, Cleaner, and Invest in America

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Let’s talk about win-wins — technology that can dramatically improve our electrical system and drive the U.S. economy. I’m not talking about something as sleek as Tesla’s Powerwall or the chic design of modern wind turbines — it’s something essential to a modern way of life that most people see every day.

Transmission lines.

Transmission lines are the backbone of America’s grid, delivering electricity from where it is generated to where it is   […]   Read More »

Wind Energy Offers Cleaner Air and Saves Water Resources, Too

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We celebrate Earth Day this month, which makes it an opportune time to take a look at the many benefits wind energy provides as a pollution-free energy resource.

Wind power creates a healthier future — it contributes to cleaner air and better health for Americans as a pollution-free electricity source.

U.S. wind farms cut sulfur dioxide emissions by 76,000 metric tons a year and nitrogen oxide emissions by 106,000 metric tons.

That   […]   Read More »

Smart Choice: Renewable Energy Drives Business Growth


Minnesota celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Next Generation Energy Act this year.  This bipartisan legislation to achieve 26.5 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2025 sent a clear signal that Minnesota desired clean energy to protect our air and water, and it is open for business.  It worked.

This legislation sparked a renewable energy sector in Minnesota that has not only helped the state deliver low-cost clean energy to consumers; it is also   […]   Read More »