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March 12, 2021

Looking back on the past year of social distancing, working from home, and Zoom meetings, one thing we know is for sure: leaving no stone unturned in the path toward economic recovery is essential to post-pandemic success here in North Dakota.


One critical component to our success is the abundance of energy sources in our backyard, which are literally powering our economy and ensuring we have a business-friendly environment with low-cost power. One growing source of energy across the state and in our area has been renewable energy projects like wind energy. Not only do they provide reliable power, but these projects in North Dakota have provided a reliable stream of revenue for many communities, including communities right here in in the Dickinson area. In 2020, $11.9 million in state and local revenue and $22.3 million in land lease payments were generated in North Dakota from renewable projects. This industry also supports 2,200 direct jobs through our state’s supply chain.  


The Brady Wind Farm here in Stark County is an example of how the success of renewables can be brought right to our front door. The revenue it generates helps keep generational farms in families, opens new opportunities for community development, and provides overall economic security for the place we call home. 


If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about North Dakota’s renewable energy landscape, the coalition Powering North Dakota has been active through the state. Powering North Dakota is an initiative of the American Clean Power Association and works to educate and provide resources to the public. For more information, visit www.poweringnd.com or reach out to Powering North Dakota at info@poweringnd.com.