A while back I had decided I would not post any more stories on wind energy and if you scroll through the blog you won't find many wind energy posts.
But periodically, it's important to post a story to keep track of the industry, simply out of curiosity.
So, the data points from this article in The Dickinson Press:
- another out-of-state company wants to put in a wind farm in the middle of the Bakken to help Massachusetts meet its renewable energy mandate
- one small project in North Dakota more than doubles total amount of renewable energy generated by the state of Massachusetts itself
- the majority of Tioga-area farmers, ranchers, and neighbors like Massachusetts enough to do this
- 75 lightning attractors in the middle of an oil field with too much flaring, 150 MW
- $250 million project
- $250 million / 150 MW = $1.7 million / MW
- there are 43 counties in the oil-rich Williston Basin (North Dakota has 53 counties)
- Williams County Zoning Commission voted overwhelmingly (4 -1) to deny the project
- still requires ND PUC okay
As a reminder,
- total renewable energy generated in Massachusetts: 107 MW
- wind farms produce less than 10% of advertised capacity
- cost of renewable energy
- California wind farms in a heap of trouble
- Solar: $3 million / MW
- Wind: $2.5 million / MW
- Natural gas: $865,000 / MW
Meanwhile, Where It Counts
On a more pleasant note, the reports from the fields are incredible. The Dickinson Press is reporting that global warming has really helped the North Dakota farmers this year. Crops are looking good and two weeks ahead of schedule. A few more years of global warming and ND farmers will be able to put in three crops annually instead of just one or one-and-a-half. From the linked article:
Agronomists and farmers alike agree that spring and early summer weather patterns have created favorable growing conditions thus far in southwest North Dakota.
North Dakota has such a wide variety of crops that like different conditions. As an example, canola plants like cool conditions while corn prefers warmer temperatures.The best part about the article: the photograph. Enjoy.