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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.

October 10, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Congestion on transmission lines hinders new wind farms

As wind developers seek to build more wind farms in North Dakota, they’re encountering a problem: congestion on the power lines. The topic came up Wednesday in a discussion involving the Public Service Commission and wind industry representatives, who told regulators that the issue is causing companies to think twice about locating a project in the state. “There is just no room on the transmission system,” said Chris Kunkle, government and regulatory affairs manager with Apex Clean Energy. The issue . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Power grid issues, and ‘wind fatigue’

Members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission say there is a potential stumbling block to developing more electricity production in the state. And that is – the power grid. “The transmission grid is at or approaching its capacity,” said Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. Fedorchak said projects like wind farms then have to be put in a “queue”, waiting for space on the grid. She said that can be expensive. Fedorchak said, for example, the proposed Ruso wind project’s interconnection costs . . . Complete story »

September 20, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

As wind farms encroach on missile sites, Air Force asks state for greater buffer zone

The U.S. Air Force is asking state regulators to consider requiring the buffer between wind turbines and intercontinental ballistic missile facilities to increase tenfold. Representatives from the 20th Air Force, which oversees the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, say their concerns stem from the risk the turbines pose to helicopters flying over missile fields. The missile wing operates the 150 ICBM launch sites and 15 missile alert facilities in North Dakota. “As the windmills get bigger and . . . Complete story »

September 13, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

As wind grows in North Dakota, so does opposition

Burleigh County officials rejected plans for a wind farm near Bismarck after opponents donned red T-shirts and crowded the local civic center, and state regulators sided with wildlife officials in denying a separate proposal for the state’s northwest corner. To project opponents, the rejections come amid growing unrest over wind energy development. Dave Nehring said he didn’t pay much attention to the turbines until some were being planned near his property east of Bismarck, which he worried would affect property values and wildlife. The experience prompted Nehring to launch North Dakota Visionkeepers, which he described as an “information clearinghouse” to boost grassroots efforts against wind farms. He said his crusade is more substantive than a "not in my backyard" attitude and argued wind development is being propped up by tax breaks. “The more I found out, the angrier I became,” he said. Complete story »

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 »

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