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Resource Documents: North Dakota (7 items)
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Author: Petrie, Scott; and Chouinard, Matt
As per your letter of engagement dated March 2, 2018, Delta Waterfowl has provided an assessment of the potential impacts of the Sharp Hills Wind Farm (SHWF) on breeding and migrating/staging (hereafter staging) waterfowl. We have reviewed all of the documents that you provided and have mapped the locations and extent of the proposed industrial wind development (Figure 1), proposed industrial wind turbine (IWT) locations in relation to wetlands in the region (Figure 2), breeding waterfowl densities (Figure 3), land-cover . . .More »
Author: Graff, Brianna; et al.
ABSTRACT: The Northern Great Plains (NGP) contains much of the remaining temperate grasslands, an ecosystem that is one of the most converted and least protected in the world. Within the NGP, the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) provides important habitat for >50% of North America’s breeding waterfowl and many species of shorebirds, waterbirds, and grassland songbirds. This region also has high wind energy potential, but the effects of wind energy developments on migratory and resident bird and bat populations in the . . .More »
Author: Shaffer, Jill; and Buhl, Deborah
Abstract: The contribution of renewable energy to meet worldwide demand continues to grow. Wind energy is one of the fastest growing renewable sectors, but new wind facilities are often placed in prime wildlife habitat. Long-term studies that incorporate a rigorous statistical design to evaluate the effects of wind facilities on wildlife are rare. We conducted a before-after-control-impact (BACI) assessment to determine if wind facilities placed in native mixed-grass prairies displaced breeding grassland birds. During 2003–2012, we monitored changes in bird . . .More »
Author: Xcel Energy
Download video (52-MB MP4) 100 Vestas V100 2-MW turbines Nearly 25,000 acres (101 km²) 22 miles of access roads Substation transformer: 262,000 pounds Substation increases voltage for transmission lines 17.1-mile 115-kV overhead transmission line from collection substation to interconnect substation More than 150 miles of underground cable in 50 miles of trench Tower base (platform) excavation depth: 9 feet 360 cubic yards of concrete, 28 tons of reinforcing steel Tower base (bottom third): 96,000 pounds, 128 anchor bolts Nacelle: 163,650 pounds . . .More »