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Prairie Winds – Renewables

Project Type

Emission Reduction

Project Location

Minot, North Dakota

Standard

Verified Carbon Standard

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Impacts

SDG 7 - Project owner Basin Electric Power Cooperative, a not-for-profit, wholesale electricity provider, voluntarily adds more green power to its customers’ supply while simultaneously providing cost effective service.

SDG 8 - The operation of Prairie Winds creates job-paying jobs and provides millions in additional revenue for landowners and the local community.

SDG 9 - This project is the largest of this size undertaken single-handedly by a cooperative in the United States at the time of its online date.

SDG 13 - The Prairie Winds project reduces GHG emissions by replacing the existing grid connected electricity generated in fossil fuel-fired power plants.

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by countries in global partnership to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

 

Project Profile

Prairie Winds aids in North Dakota’s transition to a decarbonized economy

In 2009, the year of its commissioning, Prairie Winds Emissions Reduction Project was the biggest undertaking by an electric power cooperative in the United States.  Owned and operated by Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Prairie Winds is located near Minot, North Dakota, roughly two hours north of Bismarck. The project consists of 77 1.5 megawatt turbines and delivers power into the Western Area Power Administration’s (WAPA) Upper Great Plains East. Emissions reductions are generated by displacing grid connected electricity from traditional fossil fuel electricity sources, reducing our reliance on higher carbon intensive fuels such as coal and natural gas.

With an annual generation of 300,000 MWh of clean energy, Prairie Winds aids in the transition toward a decarbonized economy, and provides greater access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and efficient energy solutions. More low-carbon technologies, such as renewable energy projects like this one, further climate change mitigation.

In addition to the environmental benefits, the project resulted in new job creation during the construction phase and permanent jobs since becoming a working operation. Investments in renewable energy promote resilient infrastructure, inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

 

CO-BENEFITS:

Environmental:

+ With an annual generation of 300,000 MWh of clean energy, Prairie Winds aids in the transition toward a decarbonized economy, and provides greater access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and efficient energy solutions.

+ More low-carbon technologies, such as renewable energy projects like this one, further climate change mitigation.

Economic:

+ In addition to the environmental benefits, the project resulted in new job creation during the construction phase and permanent jobs since becoming a working operation.

+ Investments in renewable energy promote resilient infrastructure, inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

 

 

Prairie Winds near Minot, North Dakota

An aerial view of PrairieWinds near Minot, ND. Courtesy of www.basinelectric.com


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