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Heitkamp Reinforces the Need for Strong Policy that Helps Harness Wind Power during Visit to LM Wind Manufacturing
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today reinforced the need to support a robust wind industry as part of building and growing an all-of-the-above energy strategy during her visit to LM Wind Manufacturing, which employs about 1,025 people in Grand Forks.
Heitkamp has been a champion of policies that encourage the expansion of wind energy projects in North Dakota, and was instrumental in passing a long-term extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) to support wind energy development in December 2015. Prior to her work to secure lasting PTC support, hundreds of wind energy workers were laid off nationwide, including in North Dakota. Now that more certainty has been restored across the industry, in part due to her legislative work, demand for wind-energy jobs has been booming – LM Wind added nearly 200 employees in the past several months alone. During her visit today – which also included a tour of TP&L’s wind blade loading facility – Heitkamp underscored the need to bolster policies that increase jobs and diversify North Dakota’s energy sector.
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