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Big wind up north

November 23, 2012

Wind energy caught on in a big way in Alaska in the past 2 years, with more than 30 wind turbines being installed. In the NWT, Diavik Diamonds installed four 2.3-megawatt wind turbines at its mine site.


Alaska is the clear leader in the north on wind energy. The Center for American Progress sponsored a conference on renewable energy this past summer (see source d below). It has excellent on line resources under Alaska Energy Wiki, including a state map that shows the wind energy potential throughout the state.

It is interesting that a diamond mine took the initiative to install a wind farm. The location was ideal and the company saw a way to reduce costs and greenhouse gases.