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South DakotaSouth Dakota is 5th in the U.S. in wind energy potential, so expectations for the wind industry in the Mount Rushmore State are high.1
Source:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, July 2012
http://1.usa.gov/1zaqYYE
It only has 803 megawatts of wind energy capacity currently installed,2
Source:
American Wind Energy Association, January 2015
http://bit.ly/1CATYcP
which may not sound like a lot, given the significant potential of the state. But that means wind is responsible for over 26% of the state’s electricity generation portfolio.3
Source:
American Wind Energy Association
http://bit.ly/1BQFwZO


Wind power isn’t the only renewable source of energy that contributes significantly to the state’s electricity portfolio. In fact, hydropower is the state’s #1 source of electricity; 65% of the state’s electricity comes from wind and hydro.4
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, December 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1FTzhvV
South Dakota is also the 5th largest producer of ethanol in the country.5
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, December 2014
http://1.usa.gov/195JyXA


The growth of the state’s renewable energy industry has been slightly tempered by the minimal amount of pro-renewable state policies.5 But still, the future of South Dakota’s clean energy economy is bright.

Learn more about energy in South Dakota with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States.


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