Clipper Windpower of Carpinteria, CA, has big plans for wind power in South Dakota–the world’s biggest, in fact.
Here’s what seattlepi.com is reporting:
Clipper Windpower of Carpinteria, Calif., intends to erect enough wind turbines in several South Dakota counties to produce up to 6,000 megawatts of electricity, said Bob Gates, the firm’s senior vice president of commercial operations.
That would be eight times larger than the biggest wind farm in the world, a 735-megawatt FPL Energy facility with 421 turbines stretching across three Texas counties.
Read the whole thing here.South Dakota’s wind could “provide 55 percent of all the electrical needs in the country”? Wow! That would mean some pretty amazing things both for our state’s economy and for our nation’s environmental stewardship. The article points to lack of transmission lines as the major obstacle to bigger South Dakota wind projects. I’ve been hearing that for years now. Sounds like it’s high time to do something about it. For a short explanation of the transmission line situation, click over to the Miner County Community Revitalization’s (our good neighbors just down the road in Howard, SD) website. (PDF alert)