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Wind energy advocates stress industry's growth potential

Published: Apr 24 2017
Photo Courtesy The Grand Forks Herald
Wind energy is a thriving industry, its advocates claim, and it's looking for the right place to grow.

Guests from both the American Wind Energy Association and West Fargo-based construction firm Wanzek met with the Herald's editorial board for roughly an hour Thursday to discuss wind energy. To hear them tell it, wind is a growing industry poised to bring jobs to the right markets—so long as the environment's right.

"Look at companies like Xcel Energy," John Hensley, a representative of AWEA, said shortly after the meeting. "They're moving very quickly forward on renewables. If they're not going to do it here, they're going to neighboring Minnesota, down to South Dakota, Iowa. It makes sense. The economics of these projects make sense, and companies are going to be taking advantage of that going forward."


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