Wind powers American businesses that are growing South Dakota’s economy

American Wind Energy Association
Farm Forum

PIERRE – The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released their first “Wind Powers American Business” report, highlighting the rapid increase of companies in South Dakota and across the country who are choosing wind energy to power their business operations.

As wind became the top choice for new power in the U.S. last year, a diverse number of corporate partners drove up demand and acquired an annual record of 4,447 MW of wind capacity. Corporate wind purchases now total over 16,800 MW, increasing substantially from fewer than 800 MW at the end of 2013. Wind power has solidified itself as a key contributor to companies’ growing sustainability goals and in turn a key contributor to the economy as a fixed, low-cost energy solution for decades to come.

In addition to driving the country’s largest percentage increase in installed wind capacity in 2019, South Dakota is at the center of a key partnership with wind and one of the world’s leading companies in the agricultural supply chain, Cargill. Not only is Cargill’s purchase of 50 MW at the Crocker Wind Farm in Clark County a significant part of the company’s sustainability and corporate responsibility efforts, it showcases how wind works hand in hand with agriculture, South Dakota’s number one sector.

Cargill’s partnership with Crocker Wind Farm is further profiled in a featured case study with the report. To view the case studies and press version of the report, please contact Jesse Dougherty at

While wind’s role in powering businesses has expanded significantly, it is a relatively new market with even more potential. A recent study by Wood MacKenzie estimates that Fortune 1000 companies will drive up to 85 GW of renewable energy demand through 2030.