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ND Power to Offset Super Bowl Electricity

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FARGO - A strong North Dakota breeze will blow over the field of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Super Bowl Sunday, in a manner of speaking.

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Renewable energy credits from power generated from North Dakota wind farms will be used to offset 15,000 megawatt hours of electricity associated with the NFL extravaganza on Feb. 5.

The credits were provided through Green Mountain Energy Co., based in Austin, Texas, which describes itself as the nation's longest-serving provider of green power.

The bloc of renewable energy credits were acquired from Minnkota Power Cooperative, based in Grand Forks, from wind farms near Langdon and north of Valley City.

The Langdon and Ashtabula wind farms are owned by Florida's Next Era Energy and Otter Tail Power Co., based in Fergus Falls, Minn.

"We were trying to find something more regionally specific to the game, which is in Indiana," Scott Martin, vice president of national sales and business development for Green Mountain, said Friday. "That's how we came up with North Dakota and Indiana."

Minnkota, which sold 100,000 megawatts of renewable energy credits from wind power last year to Green Mountain, wasn't aware its wind power had been resold to offset carbon emissions associated with Super Bowl XLVI until contacted by The Forum.

"Everyone in the company was surprised by this announcement," spokesman Kevin Fee said. "We're happy to have the ability to take what is a really good wind resource for us and provide it to Green Mountain."

The carbon offsets are associated with the electricity used at Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the game, the Indiana Convention Center, site of the NFL Experience Football Theme Park, and all four major hotels hosting Super Bowl participants and media.

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