For generations of farmers, having a wind mill was a dependable way to pump water for their livestock. Now it’s rare to drive Minnesota’s rural roads and see the old steel structures still turning in the breeze. But there’s a good chance what you will see instead is a taller structure spinning with three blades.
State regulators on Wednesday approved construction of a 105-megawatt wind turbine farm in west-central North Dakota, and began reviewing three other wind projects that developers want to build next year.
One of the largest community wind power developments in Minnesota has celebrated its grand opening.
Natural gas production is ramping up around the U.S., and that could take some of the wind out of Minnesota’s young wind industry.