PEACE GARDEN MAMA II wind power
This morning, with my mom hat tipped slightly to the side, I went about my work as a visiting author, rising earlier than usual to get started on my hour "commute." At a time when I normall... Posted on 5/5/09 at 2:50 PM
The state's once-booming wind energy sector falters The Coteau des Prairie hills that form a hummocky spine through McIntosh County provide a perfect platform for wind turbines. They’ve been chosen as the site for a sprawling 200-megawatt wind farm six miles north of here — one of 20 wind projects that have been permitted or are in the regulatory pipeline in North Dakota.
Lack of power lines limits development North Dakota is expected to add hundreds of megawatts of wind energy this year, while development has slowed to a near stop in South Dakota. The difference seems to be the availability of high-voltage power lines to ship the power to cities that need it.
The owner of farmland just east of the Red River Valley, Rodney Liedberg has claimed that he’s “15 miles from the good land.” His property may not have the rich soil of the valley, but it has something that likely soon will enrich its value — healthy winds. He has property on the high sand ridges of the Pembina Trail, where the wind is strong and steady, ripe for wind energy.
Because of the cold, it may be a while before East Grand Forks receives power from its wind turbine. And when it does become operational, it will supply only a fraction of the city’s electricity needs.
Windmill blade maker LM Glasfiber announced Thursday that it signed a contract to produce a minimum of 1,800 windmill blades in the U.S. over the next five years for Samsung, which is launching a new line of 2.5-megawatt wind turbines.
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