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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

August 23, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Incumbents retain seats in likely first North Dakota township recall

Two officers of a Burleigh County township narrowly held onto their seats in a bitter election Wednesday that might be North Dakota’s first township recall vote. Morton Township Supervisor Daymon Mills and Clerk/Treasurer Mary Malard each won a two-year term, on votes of 30-26 and 29-27, respectively, against challengers, according to Lois Mills, a judge who canvassed votes and is Daymon Mills’ wife. Division over a once-proposed wind farm project led to the recall election, an effort begun in March . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm controversy drives likely first township recall in North Dakota

Division over a once-proposed wind farm has led some township residents in Burleigh County to petition the recall of township officers, in what might be the first such recall in North Dakota. The Morton Township election is set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Moffit Community Hall in Moffit. Morton Township is about 20 miles southeast of Bismarck, directly west of Moffit. Supervisor Daymon Mills and Clerk/Treasurer Mary Malard are subject to the recall. Reasons given by petitioners are Mills . . . Complete story »

August 16, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Company behind rejected wind project in Burke County to submit new application

The company behind a proposed wind energy project in North Dakota struck down by state regulators earlier this year says it intends to submit a new project application in the fall. In June, the state’s Public Service Commission denied a siting permit for Burke Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., for a 76-turbine wind farm in Burke County, amid concerns over the project’s environmental impact. Game and Fish officials filed a report citing concerns over how the project . . . Complete story »

August 16, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Developer of rejected North Dakota wind farm planning new proposal

The developer of a wind farm in northwest North Dakota that state regulators recently rejected is planning to submit a new proposal, a spokesperson said Wednesday. The North Dakota Public Service Commission denied NextEra Energy Resources’ request for a siting permit in June amid opposition from state and federal wildlife agencies. The developer sought to build a 200-megawatt wind farm in Burke County north of Powers Lake consisting of up to 76 turbines on 23,000 acres. The PSC found the . . . Complete story »

July 28, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind company tables area project

A company that planned to revive a large wind farm in northwest North Dakota is pulling back for now. “It’s possible the project could be developed at some point in the future, but it’s not a priority at this time,” NextEra Energy Resources spokesman Conlan Kennedy said in an email this week. NextEra acquired the former Hartland project and had conducted wind monitoring in and near the gooseneck of Ward County as well as in Mountrail and Renville counties. The . . . Complete story »

July 17, 2019 • Letters, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

ND becoming ‘windmill commons’

Do you remember the proposal that North Dakota become a Buffalo Commons? Not a worry. But Windmill Commons? A very likely possibility. Look up ND wind farms on the internet and click on the Wikipedia site. We are moving toward being the wind capital of the U.S. But do we want this any more than the Buffalo Commons? Do we want no clear corridors where we do not see windmills and where birds cannot fly or animals have habitat? The . . . Complete story »

June 20, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy pros and cons; PSC hears testimony on Ruso Wind project

Dennis Pozarnsky can see the lights of wind farms in two directions from his home near Benedict. “I already have windmills in my backyard and I really don’t want any more,” Pozarnsky told the North Dakota Public Service Commission at its hearing in Minot Monday on a wind project near Ruso. If the project goes through, Maynard Novlesky of Minot would host at least one wind turbine on land homesteaded by his grandmother and farmed at one time by his . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC considers Ward County wind project

Less than a week after denying a state permit for a major wind farm in Burke County, the state Public Service Commission held a public hearing on a different wind farm. This time, an Alabama company is seeking permission to build in extreme southeast Ward County. Jim Olson reports. Ruso Wind Partners – owned by Southern Power of Alabama – originally planned to speread 53 wind turbines over a 36,000 acre area between Benedict and Ruso. They amended that plan . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Ruso wind farm goes before public hearing

The North Dakota Public Service Commission heard testimony in Minot Monday on a proposed wind farm near the town of Ruso. The farm, operated by Ruso Wind Partners, LLC, would include between 60 and 63 turbines, and would have a capacity of up to 205 megawatts of power. The farm would cover roughly 16,000 acres of land, and would cost between $250 and $280 million. Dennis Pozarnsky and his wife traveled to Minot from Benedict to speak against the proposed . . . Complete story »

June 15, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

North Dakota falling short of industry panel’s wind power goal

Dave Nehring, who founded North Dakota Visionkeepers last year to help grassroots organizations fighting wind projects in their communities, said the state has reached its saturation point for wind energy. He blamed the turbines' proliferation for a rise in electrical prices, though similar claims have been disputed by industry officials. "We don't need it in the state of North Dakota," Nehring said. Complete story »

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