Renewables

Wind powering up on reservations

Issue 8 and Volume 100.

Wind poweringup on reservations

Researchers from the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center are working with three Indian tribes in North Dakota, assisting in wind energy research projects. Construction is under way on wind-monitoring systems on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Devils Lake Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux reservations. Erection of two utility-grade wind turbines is also set for this summer, one each at the Devils Lake and Turtle Mountain reservations. Data collected from the turbines will be used to determine economic feasibility of building wind farms to produce electricity for the reservations. All three projects are being funded by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory under the 1992 Energy Policy Act.