This American Wind Week we’re celebrating the ways wind powers opportunity in all 50 states, including North Dakota, by creating jobs, investing billions of dollars in rural communities & providing support for schools, public safety & quality of life investments.
North Dakota is a national leader in wind energy, generating about 26% percent of its electricity from wind, the fourth highest in the USA! It now has over 3,000 MW of wind power and ranks 10th in the nation for installed capacity. Today, there are nearly 4,000 jobs related to wind in North Dakota as the result of $6.1 billion in wind investments. Additionally, North Dakota receives about $9.5 million in annual state and local tax payments, along with annual lease payments to ranchers and farmers totaling nearly $10 million dollars.
These are jobs in rural towns and offer young people rewarding careers without having to leave home. And schools like Lake Region State in Devils Lake are training the next generation of wind technicians, with sky-high placement rates for graduates. It’s not uncommon for a student to receive his or her diploma on a Friday and start the first day of work at a new job on Monday.
Read more at the full article on Minot Daily