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PSC approves wind power line proposal  

The Public Service Commission has approved a transmission line for a new wind farm in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Tatanka Wind Power LLC is planning the project across the North Dakota-South Dakota border. State regulators say the company wants to build the $7 million, 10-mile power line to connect the wind turbines to North Dakota’s electrical grid.

The PSC said it received comments wondering if the transmission line might generate noise that would disturb two cemeteries and a house, but there were no formal complaints.

The PSC said in its ruling that there are no permanently occupied houses in the vicinity of the proposed transmission line, and that the noise it will generate “will not have any significant adverse human or environmental impact.”

Tatanka is planning to build about 120 wind turbines, capable of generating about 180 megawatts of power. They will be in North Dakota’s Dickey County and South Dakota’s McPherson County.

Tatanka is a subsidiary of Acciona Wind Energy USA LLC, which is a unit of Acciona SA, a Spanish company based in Madrid. Acciona SA is a $5 billion company with broad expertise in renewable energy projects, including wind, solar power and biomass.

The Associated Press

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23 March 2007

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