North Dakota reservation gets fed funds for wind energy

Source: Associated Press • Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. — A wind turbine project on North Dakota’s Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Reservation is getting $90,000 in federal funds.

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced the funds from the U.S. Department of Interior in a statement Thursday. The money will reinstall a wind tower, update a feasibility study and get land for the project.

The American Wind Energy Association says North Dakota has a capacity of nearly 1,700 megawatts of wind energy installed with more than 600 megawatts currently under construction. The group says the state has one of the highest potentials for wind energy in the country.