Proposed Transmission Line Would Go Through Dakotafire Region

Saturday, July 28, 2012

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A map compiled by the Center for Rural Affairs shows new and proposed electric transmission lines designed to take wind power from the plains where it is generated to the Midwestern cities where it will be used. One proposed line on that map (although an approximation, since no routes have been finalized) goes through the Dakotafire region: Wells, Stustman, LaMoure and Dickey counties in North Dakota, and Brown, Edmunds, Faulk and Hand counties in South Dakota.

These lines will be key for increasing the potential of wind power, according to the Center for Rural Affairs:

"Think of transmission as a catalyst, facilitator, or enabler — we are unable to develop the next generation of wind projects without a new set of lines designed to carry wind energy from where it’s most abundant to where it’s needed most. Similar to a railroad or interstate system, transmission is the key to bringing our energy commodities to market."

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