Jeff Metzger, President JustWIND with Rich Gross, Chairman of Economic Development Board
Rich spearheaded a wind research study and obtained grants from the State to start monitoring Logan County’s wind. It was this Wind Study that inspired Jeff to locate his first wind farm project in Logan County.
North Dakota is Rated #1 in Wind Energy Potential
North Dakota has the greatest wind energy potential of any state in the country.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, all U.S. electrical energy needs
could be met by the wind in Texas and the Dakotas alone.
A 1991 study conducted by Pacific Northwest Laboratory, An Assessment of the Available Windy Land Area in the United States, determined wind turbines in North Dakota could produce 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually—an amount that could supply more than 14,000 times the electricity consumption in the entire state, or 36% of the 1990 U.S. electricity consumption.
A document recently released by Wind Energy America states that;
Worldwide, wind is the fastest growing renewable energy resource. Globally, installed capacity exceeds 120,800 megawatts (end of 2008). The U.S. has now officially overtaken Germany (23,902 MW) as number one in wind power. The U.S. wind industry broke all previous records by installing 9,922 MW (9.9 GW) in 2009. The U.S. is now officially the leader in wind energy with more than 35,000 megawatts of installed capacity, as of the end of 2009, a 39% increase in the nations fleet over last year.
THE TOP TWENTY STATES for wind energy potential, as measured by annual energy potential in the billions of kWhs, factoring in environmental and land use exclusions for wind class of 3 and higher.
||North Dakota 1,210
||New Mexico 435
||South Dakota 1,030
||New York 62
*Source: An Assessment of the Available Windy Land Area and Wind Energy Potential in the Contiguous United States, Pacific Northwest Laboratory, 1991.