Prairie Winds aids in the transition toward decarbonized economy in North Dakota
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.