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National Association of Counties (NACo) honors Cascade County as a national leader in creating sustainable communities

File: National Association of Counties (NACo) honors Cascade County as a national leader in creating sustainable communities

Date: 3/22/2006

Location: MT

Cascade County, Mont., Montana Department of Environmental Quality, National Renewal Energy Laboratory, and Wind Powering America were recognized for their Cascade County Wind Power Marketing Program. Horseshoe Bend Wind Park is a reality, in part, because of an aggressive wind power marketing effort initiated by Cascade County Commissioner Peggy Beltrone in 2002. The nine megawatt wind park received assistance from several aspects of the county's marketing program. The county took initiative by improving their wind data maps and providing them free to developers. Their GIS maps proved to be better quality then any other maps available. As a result, the maps allowed them to more accurately pin-point successful wind farm sites and alleviate much of the risk for the developer. The project has won Cascade County national praise and the prize of being home to one of the state's first utility grade wind farms. For more information, please read the full press release and "Cascade County: Wind Power: Put Wind to Work for You."

This information was last updated on March 22, 2006