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Wind turbines don't operate in cold

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Though wind turbines utilize North Dakota's plentiful gusts to generate energy, some agency officials say they are shut down in times of extreme temperature.

Daryl Hill, media relations supervisor with Basin Electric Power Cooperative, which has about 80 wind turbines south of Minot, said extreme cold can affect the turbines.

"If it gets real cold you have to shut them down," Hill said. "If the wind speed is over 55 miles an hour then they'll shut them down, too."

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