Wind already provides over a quarter of the electricity generated in North Dakota – the fourth highest in the nation. Our state is well-positioned to be a national leader in wind power, and supporting future investments will enhance our state for generations.
North Dakota has more than4,000 direct jobs supported by wind
North Dakota wind projects generate $12 million in annual state and local tax payments
Wind supports farmers with $22 million in annual lease payments
Wind energy in North Dakota powers nearly1 million homes
Wind has produced$6.9 billion in total capital investments in the state
North Dakota ranks#4for percentage of wind energy generation
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Companies across the country are investing in wind energy to power their businesses and have established themselves as a major demand driver for wind power. Last year set a record for corporate purchasing as companies entered agreements to procure over 4.4 gigawatts of wind energy. AWEA’s new Wind Powers American Business report provides a detailed look at corporate procurement of wind energy in the U.S.
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Wind energy provided nearly 27% percent of the electricity generated in North Dakota in 2019, the fourth highest in the nation. North Dakota ranks 9th in the nation for installed capacity with over 3,600 MW of wind power. Wind projects in the state provide additional economic benefits, including $22 million in annual lease payments to landowners who host wind turbines.
Communities across the country, particularly those in rural areas, currently face a barrage of challenges as they seek to build vibrant local economies. Attracting and retaining young people, adequately funding schools, and providing essential services have all proved difficult in recent years. And that was before the COVID-19-induced recession added another layer of uncertainty. However, some communities are overcoming these obstacles better than others — those hosting wind projects.
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