A wind energy project in North Dakota was approved by state officials on August 29, the Associated Press reported.The wind farm will include up to 50 turbines and cover more than 19 square miles in Morton and Mercer counties, located in the central part of the state.
The proposed wind project will be located approximately 200 miles west of Fargo, North Dakota, which is one of the nation's windiest cities, The Dickson Press reported.
Currently, North Dakota produces 10 percent of their electricity from wind, according to The Dickson Press. However, North Dakota has potential to produce far more wind energy. According to KRYR, an ABC affiliate, the state could produce enough wind energy to power the entire nation.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory reported that North Dakota has the potential to generate 770,000 megawatts of power from wind projects - more power than all the fossil-fueled power plants in the United States combined. The state is currently generating 1,424 MW, which can power about 420,000 homes, according to the National Resources Defense Council