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Wind Energy in North Dakota
In central North Dakota, near the Missouri River, the Wilton windmills stand nearly 300 ft tall and generate enough clean energy to power 30,000 homes. Basin Electric Power Cooperative, a consumer-owned, non-profit energy cooperative headquartered in Bismarck, purchases all the electricity produced at the Wilton Wind Energy Center. Made up of 126 customer-owned rural electricity providers, Basin is also working on possible carbon sequestration and using its wind power to create hydrogen fuel for its vehicles.
North Dakota now gets most of its electricity from coal, but with the help of renewable energy credits, wind power is becoming an economically viable clean energy alternative.
This wind farm not only generates clean power, which doesn't require water for production, but also brings jobs to central North Dakota, and preserves the surrounding land's agricultural use. Because the windmills stand on land leased from local landowners, it also brings economic stimulus to the area. Wind is rapidly becoming a cash crop in the plains.
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