Wind power in North Dakota

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Wind resource map of North Dakota

North Dakota is a leading U.S. state in wind power generation, producing 6.34 billion kilowatt-hours, 17.5 percent of all in state generated electricity in 2014.[1] As of the end of 2014, 1,886 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity had been installed for wind power in North Dakota.[2] Additional capacity is limited by transmission line constraints. Completion of a transmission line from Fargo to central Minnesota in 2015 will alleviate the problem.[3]

Very favorable wind conditions in the state enable wind farms to achieve capacity factors in excess of 40 percent. The Thunder Spirit wind farm, completed in 2015, is expected to have a capacity factor greater than 45 percent.[4][5]

List of wind farms in North Dakota[edit]

Wind power in North Dakota is located in North Dakota
Ashtabula
Ashtabula
Langdon
Langdon
Luverne
Luverne
Rugby
Rugby
Prairie Winds
Prairie Winds
Baldwin
Baldwin
Oliver
Oliver
Bison
Bison
Courtenay
Courtenay
Thunder Spirit
Thunder Spirit
Brady
Brady
Lindahl
Lindahl
Wind power projects in North Dakota
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  Orange pog.svg Under construction
  Blue pog.svg Planned

The following is a partial list of North Dakota wind farms.

Name Size (MW) Location Status
Ashtabula Wind Farm 196 46°39′N 98°0′W / 46.650°N 98.000°W / 46.650; -98.000 (Ashtabula Wind Farm)
Baldwin Wind Farm 102 47°03′N 100°30′W / 47.050°N 100.500°W / 47.050; -100.500 (Baldwin Wind Farm)
Bison Wind Energy Center[6][7] 497 47°10′N 101°17′W / 47.167°N 101.283°W / 47.167; -101.283 (Bison Wind Energy Center)
Brady Wind Farm (i & ii)[8] 299 46°42′N 102°46′W / 46.700°N 102.767°W / 46.700; -102.767 (Brady Wind Farm) 2016
Courtenay Wind Farm[9] 200 46°54′N 98°47′W / 46.900°N 98.783°W / 46.900; -98.783 (Courtenay Wind Farm) 2016
Langdon Wind Energy Center 159 46°6′N 98°31′W / 46.100°N 98.517°W / 46.100; -98.517 (Langdon Wind Energy Center)
Lindahl Wind Farm[10] 150 48°24′N 102°56′W / 48.400°N 102.933°W / 48.400; -102.933 (Lindahl Wind Farm) 2017[11]
Luverne Wind Farm 169.5 47°25′N 98°6′W / 47.417°N 98.100°W / 47.417; -98.100 (Luverne Wind Farm)
Oliver Wind Energy Center 98.6 47°09′N 101°20′W / 47.150°N 101.333°W / 47.150; -101.333 (Oliver Wind Energy Center)
Prairie Winds Wind Farm 122.6 48°14′N 101°17′W / 48.233°N 101.283°W / 48.233; -101.283 (Prairie Winds Wind Farm)
Rugby Wind Farm 149.1 48°22′N 100°00′W / 48.367°N 100.000°W / 48.367; -100.000 (Rugby Wind Farm)
Sunflower Wind Farm[8] 109 2016
Tatanka Wind Farm 91.5* 45°56′N 98°58′W / 45.933°N 98.967°W / 45.933; -98.967 (Tatanka Wind Farm)
Thunder Spirit[12][4] 105 46°19′N 102°31′W / 46.317°N 102.517°W / 46.317; -102.517 (Thunder Spirit Wind Farm)
* In North Dakota

Wind generation[edit]

North Dakota leads per capita generation from wind.
North Dakota Wind Generation (GWh, Million kWh)
Year Total Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2009 2,998 289 237 280 267 253 166 167 176 259 255 338 269
2010 4,096 338 216 322 377 426 287 261 336 421 400 400 382
2011 5,150 430 515 434 456 511 378 272 292 360 475 541 526
2012 5,316 583 398 543 552 477 401 271 308 387 553 418 390

Source:[13][14]

North Dakota Wind Generation in 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electric Power Monthly, December 2014". U.S. Energy Information Administration, Department Of Energy. 
  2. ^ "AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2014 Market Report". American Wind Energy Association. 
  3. ^ "CapX Quarterly, Feb. 2014" (PDF). CapX2020. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Nordex to supply 43, 2.5 MW turbines for Thunder Spirit project in North Dakota
  5. ^ Montana-Dakota Utilities Acquires Thunder Spirit Wind Farm
  6. ^ EIA Electric Power Monthly Mar. 2015
  7. ^ Bison Wind Energy Center
  8. ^ a b 2016 AWEA Fourth Quarter Market Report Public Version
  9. ^ "FERC Electric Infrastructure Update". Electric Light and Power. PennWell Corporation. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Wind farm approved for Tioga". WDAY. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  11. ^ "Enel’s Lindahl Wind Farm Kicks Off Operations In North Dakota". nawindpower.com. Zackin Publications, Inc. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  12. ^ Nordex wind turbines ordered for North Dakota project
  13. ^ EIA (July 27, 2012). "Electric Power Monthly Table 1.17.A.". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  14. ^ EIA (July 27, 2012). "Electric Power Monthly Table 1.17.B.". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 

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