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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.

April 30, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Fines rack up for wind farms that failed to meet deadline for new lighting technology

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has approved another settlement with a wind farm developer that missed the deadline to comply with the state’s new requirement for technology that stops the lights atop wind turbines from blinking all night long. Regulators at a Wednesday meeting said they would eventually like to get feedback from wind farm operators about how well the lighting systems are working. The latest penalty of $5,000 comes after operators of the Emmons-Logan wind farm in Emmons . . . Complete story »

April 26, 2020 • Letters, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Stop tax subsidies for solar, wind

Most people don’t realize that for more than 40 years the federal government has been subsidizing the development of wind and solar energy to produce electricity. As justification, advocates for renewables like to claim that other energy sources also receive subsidies. What they don’t mention is that each kilowatt-hour of electricity generated from wind has received five times more subsidies than all other electricity sources combined, and solar has received 10 times more subsidies. These subsidies tilt the energy markets . . . Complete story »

April 18, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra redesigns rejected wind project for do-over before North Dakota regulators

After the Public Service Commission rejected a proposed wind farm last year over concerns about its impact on wildlife, the regulators are considering a revamped version of the project slated for Burke County. The PSC heard from developer NextEra Energy Resources about its redesign in an all-day hearing Friday, as well as from a union seeking to ensure that more wind-related construction jobs go to North Dakota workers. NextEra is planning the 200-megawatt Northern Divide wind farm with 74 turbines . . . Complete story »

April 18, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Officials: COVID-19 outbreak at North Dakota wind turbine plant may overwhelm system

FARGO, N.D. – Health officials in northeastern North Dakota said Friday they’re worried about having the ability to adequately respond to a cluster of coronavirus cases tied to a wind turbine facility, even as the overall number of positive tests in the state rose dramatically. Fifteen workers at LM Wind Power facility in Grand Forks have tested positive for COVID-19, and officials were still waiting to find out the results of 424 additional tests that were conducted Thursday. Dr. Steven Weiser, . . . Complete story »

April 16, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

LM Wind Power plant shutting down as employees test positive for COVID-19

The LM Wind Power plant in Grand Forks is shut down for cleaning as multiple employees tested positive for COVID-19. A spokesperson for the city of Grand Forks tells Valley News Live the parent company of LM Wind Power, GE, stopped production at the plant. The exact number of confirmed positive cases at the plant isn’t being released at this point. The city is holding a press conference with the county public health Wednesday afternoon and more information is expected . . . Complete story »

April 13, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Hearings planned for western North Dakota gas pipeline, wind farm projects

The Public Service Commission is holding two hearings on proposed projects this week, one Tuesday for a natural gas pipeline in Mountrail and Williams counties and another Friday for a wind farm in Burke County. Liberty Midstream Solutions is proposing a 4.7-mile steel transport to carry 80 million cubic feet per day of residue gas, meaning processed gas that’s used in home heating or electricity generation. The line would carry gas from Liberty’s County Line gas plant to Alliance Pipeline’s . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC wrestles with ‘renewable rider’ on Otter Tail Power montly bills

Otter Tail Power’s North Dakota residential customers will see an extra charge on their monthly bills next month. For an average customer, it will be $4.01. The reason: It was the method approved by the North Dakota Public Service Commission to take into account the Production Tax Credit for the Merricourt Wind Farm, and to even out the charges. Utilities had been using the credit to give customers a break on their bills up front, meaning there would be a . . . Complete story »

March 21, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm rules could mean they’re quieter

New rules could mean new wind farms in North Dakota will be a little quieter. The Public Service Commission’s current rules allow the acceptable sound levels from a wind farm to be 50 decibels at a distance of 100 feet from an occupied residence. The new rule would lower that level to 45 decibels. “The reality is, noise is one of the complaints about wind,” said Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. “And it’s one of the complaints we get, and it’s a . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Ruso Wind evaluates next steps after PSC denial

BISMARCK – A proposed wind farm in Ward and McLean counties has been stopped by red lights. The North Dakota Public Service Commission Wednesday declined to approve a permit requested by Southern Power for its proposed 205-megawatt Ruso Wind Project. The company faced difficulties complying with a 2017 state law that addresses visual pollution by requiring technology on turbines to keep lights from constantly blinking red at night. Radar-based technology exists that allows for lights to come on only at . . . Complete story »

March 5, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC rejects permit for wind farm over lighting issues

State regulators rejected a permit Wednesday for a proposed wind farm in Ward and McLean counties that faced difficulties complying with a 2017 state law requiring new technology to stop turbine-topping lights from blinking bright red all night. The Public Service Commission, in a 1-2 vote, failed to approve Southern Power’s Ruso Wind project, though commissioners left open the option of reconsidering it down the road. The company did not immediately respond to a Tribune request for comment. Wednesday’s vote . . . Complete story »

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