North Dakota’s wind energy industry has a lot of potential; it ranks 6th in the U.S. in that regard.1
And the state has been taking advantage. Over 15% of North Dakota’s electricity came from wind energy in 2013.2
That’s important for this notoriously energy-intensive state -- although it is sparsely populated, long winters and a booming energy production industry have made North Dakota the 4th most energy-intensive state on a per-capita basis.3
A large reason for the development of wind power in North Dakota is the array of pro-renewable policies in the state. Despite a voluntary renewable portfolio standard that has already been met (and ends this year), the state offers a tax credit for renewable projects,4
along with property tax abatements and reductions for renewable projects.
It’s not all wind energy in North Dakota. The state also gets 5% of its electricity from hydropower.5
It remains to be seen just how much the clean energy industry will grow in the state, but the early returns are undoubtedly promising.
Learn more about energy in North Dakota with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States