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North Dakota Launches American Wind Week
North Dakota Ag Connection - 08/11/2020

This week marks American Wind Week, an annual celebration of wind energy's leading role in powering our country and the many ways wind is helping build the future. This year, Powering North Dakota and its supporters have plenty to celebrate as wind is now America's number one source of renewable energy.

According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind power has created good-paying jobs for over 120,000 Americans across all 50 states, including more than 26,000 jobs at more than 530 U.S. factories that build wind turbine parts. Wind energy is a drought and flood proof "cash crop" for America's family farmers and ranchers, paying over $1.6 billion dollars a year in lease payments and tax revenue, while avoiding carbon pollution equivalent to 42 million cars. The nation has a vast resource to harvest through both onshore and offshore wind energy development, with a power potential that is nearly double the nation's electricity use.

Right here in North Dakota, 3 cities and counties have proclaimed this week as American Wind Week. In North Dakota, wind now supports 5,000 jobs, $22 million in annual land lease payments, and provides $12 million in tax revenue for state and local governments, leading to new community facilities such as schools and courthouses, improving roads and bridges, and upgrading emergency services. More than $6.9 billion in capital financing has been invested in the state, providing unparalleled opportunities for workforce expansion and economic growth as a result of wind energy.

Throughout the week, Powering North Dakota will be sharing the stories of communities that are benefiting from wind energy. These stories are now available including two notable examples from Tioga and Spirit Lake Tribe.

On Monday, Apex Clean Energy hosted a virtual tour of a wind farm and wind turbine climb to highlight the wind energy workers on the frontlines helping keep the lights on every day and ensuring that Americans have access to cheap, clean electricity.

Powering North Dakota also announced it will hold a virtual event Aug. 12 at 1:30 p.m. that will give North Dakotans an opportunity to hear more about the successes of wind energy in their own state:

A virtual panel discussion highlighting the economic contributions of wind energy across North Dakota and the unique partnerships forming across the state. The panel includes:

- Kathy Neset, President, Neset Consulting

- Doug Darling, President, Lake Region State College

- Brad Barth, Executive Director, Forward Devils Lake Corporation

- Dennis Lindahl, Community Development Coordinator, Tioga Economic Development Corporation

- Moderator: Jesse Dougherty, Powering North Dakota

Please visit https://bit.ly/30GKekg to register for the event.


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