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Letter: New uses for North Dakota's unique geology

Stone has an idea for storing compressed gas.

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Much has been made of North Dakota's unique geology by our governor and other elected officials. They say that there is a massive ability to pipe in and sequester carbon dioxide, which at first glance is most definitely a good idea. However, why not envision a different purpose for this resource?

For years opponents of renewable energy sources have relied on the argument that the wind doesn't always blow. While that is true, we can compensate for the intermittent nature of these sources by using these underground structures to store compressed gas. When renewable sources are at peak output, use that energy to pressurize air. And when these sources wane in the overnight or during calm winds, that pressure can be released to spin a turbine and will even out grid conditions.

If these structures can store as much gas as officials claim, this seems a better utilization as it will allow us to build out new renewable energy capacity and solve the storage problem usually associated with renewables. We could be the biggest regional player in an emerging green energy market. The cost of not doing so is too high to overlook.

Matt Stone lives in Fargo.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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