Hoeven: Dakota Turbines Good Example of Rural Economic Development

President of Cooperstown's Dakota Turbines Testifies at Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON – During a hearing of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Rural Development Subcommittee today, Senator John Hoeven cited the work of Dakota Turbines, a small-wind turbine company based in Cooperstown, as a good example of the rural entrepreneurship needed to grow the economy and create good jobs.

Cris Somerville, President of Dakota Turbines, testified at the hearing about the work of the family-owned and operated company, which manufactures blades, alternator and power electronics for single-phase small wind systems. The company, which is ten years old, has a small fleet of 40 wind turbines across the Upper Midwest.

“Dakota Turbines has a great story and is good example of the entrepreneurship we need in North Dakota and across the nation,” said Hoeven.

In prepared testimony, Somerville cited the importance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which helps rural small businesses and producers make energy efficiency improvements or install renewable energy systems.

As a member of the farm bill conference committee, Senator Hoeven worked to support the REAP provisions to help rural communities. The farm bill reauthorized the program, which was started in 2008.