Wind group launches ad campaign in ND

Wind group launches ad campaign in ND

By, John Hageman
Forum News Service
March 17, 2017

A wind energy advocacy group is launching an advertising campaign in North Dakota a few weeks after Senate lawmakers considered a moratorium on new wind farms.

American Wind Action announced Friday it will begin airing ads immediately on broadcast television, cable and digital video through the beginning of April. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit described it as a “six-figure” blitz that’s aimed at educating the public on “the many social, environmental and economic benefits of wind energy.”

A Senate lawmaker, alarmed by the closure of a coal-fired power plant in North Dakota, proposed a two-year moratorium on new wind energy development here. But Sen. Dwight Cook, R-Mandan, ultimately asked his colleagues to defeat the moratorium and instead approve a bill requesting a study of the state’s “long-term energy plan,” which they did last month.

“AWA is launching this significant statewide campaign to make sure the public knows how wind power is bringing cleaner, cheaper, homegrown energy to their communities,” Sam Enfield and Jeff Clark, two members of the group’s board of directors, said in a joint statement.

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