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Title: Utility Scale Wind turbine Demonstration Project

Abstract

The purpose of the Three Affiliated Tribes proposing to Department of Energy was nothing new to Denmark. National Meteorological Studies have proved that North Dakota has some of the most consistence wind resources in the world. The Three Affiliated Tribes wanted to assess their potential and become knowledgeable to developing this new and upcoming resource now valuable. By the Tribe implementing the Utility-scale Wind Turbine Project on Fort Berthold, the tribe has proven the ability to complete a project, and has already proceeded in a feasibility studies to developing a large-scale wind farm on the reservation due to tribal knowledge learned, public awareness, and growing support of a Nation wanting clean renewable energy. The tribe is working through the various measures and regulations with the want to be self-sufficient, independent, and marketable with 17,000 times the wind energy needed to service Fort Berthold alone.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Three Affiliated Tribes
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
881756
DOE Contract Number:
FC36-99GO10472
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; NORTH DAKOTA; REGULATIONS; WIND TURBINE ARRAYS; WIND TURBINES; Tribe, Three Affiliated, wind turbine

Citation Formats

Terry Fredericks. Utility Scale Wind turbine Demonstration Project. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.2172/881756.
Terry Fredericks. Utility Scale Wind turbine Demonstration Project. United States. doi:10.2172/881756.
Terry Fredericks. Fri . "Utility Scale Wind turbine Demonstration Project". United States. doi:10.2172/881756. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/881756.
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abstractNote = {The purpose of the Three Affiliated Tribes proposing to Department of Energy was nothing new to Denmark. National Meteorological Studies have proved that North Dakota has some of the most consistence wind resources in the world. The Three Affiliated Tribes wanted to assess their potential and become knowledgeable to developing this new and upcoming resource now valuable. By the Tribe implementing the Utility-scale Wind Turbine Project on Fort Berthold, the tribe has proven the ability to complete a project, and has already proceeded in a feasibility studies to developing a large-scale wind farm on the reservation due to tribal knowledge learned, public awareness, and growing support of a Nation wanting clean renewable energy. The tribe is working through the various measures and regulations with the want to be self-sufficient, independent, and marketable with 17,000 times the wind energy needed to service Fort Berthold alone.},
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year = {Fri Mar 31 00:00:00 EST 2006},
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