Tatanka Wind Farm - Wind Power in Forbes, North Dakota
Wind Power

Project Details

Project type : Clean energy from wind power
What they do : Wind turbines capture the kinetic energy in wind and turn it into mechanical power, which is then converted into electricity by a generator.
Where they are : Forbes, North Dakota
Portfolio Year : 2008
Standard : Protocol for Renewable Energy

About the Project

The farm straddles the North Dakota – South Dakota border in a very rural section of both states, close to Forbes, ND (pop. 64). The wind farm is spread across 14,080 rural acres, with 61 turbines in Dickey and McIntosh County, North Dakota and 59 turbines in McPherson County, South Dakota.

Substantial environmental review was undertaken before the project received approval from state and federal agencies, including: Avian and Bat Surveys; Grassland Vegetation Assessment; and Cultural Resource Inventory. Additionally, Tatanka is the first wind farm to be installed on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grassland easements.

In the community

Roughly 250 people were employed during construction of 30 miles of access roads, 55 miles of underground electricity cables, a local facility substation, and a 13 mile, 230-kVA transmission line to connect the project to the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO). The project also brings 21 new, permanent jobs to the area.

The project provides renewable energy to a region that relies on coal for 94% (ND) and 46.5% (SD) of its electricity generation, and has no Renewal Portfolio Standard (RPS) in place. Existing land use, including cattle ranching and crop cultivation, will continue alongside electricity generation at Tatanka.