Ground Broken for 50-MW Oliver Wind Energy Center in North Dakota

April 20, 2006

North Dakota Governor John Hoeven joined FPL Energy, Minnesota Power, and nearly 100 dignitaries and guests in Oliver County to break ground on April 19 at the 50-megawatt Oliver Wind Energy Center just north of Center, North Dakota. Twenty-two wind turbines at the Oliver Wind Energy Center will generate enough electricity to power more than 16,000 homes. Construction will begin this spring and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

"Taking advantage of our wind and combining it with new technology puts us in a unique position to further economic development in the region and at the same time generate clean, renewable power," Hoeven said. He also noted that North Dakota has one of the highest wind potentials among all states. For more information, read the governor's April 19 press release.