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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.


July 25, 2020 • North Dakota, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Port: Maybe wind subsidies really are to blame for North Dakota job losses

This tax credit was supposed to expire at the end of last year. It's supposed to have expired several times in the past. The wind industry's lobbyists have been successful at bringing it back time and again, usually while simultaneously claiming that the industry doesn't really need it. Complete story »


July 17, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Mercer County to keep wind moratorium in place

The Mercer County Commission plans to keep its moratorium on applications for wind farm permits while it reviews its policies surrounding wind power. The commission voted unanimously Wednesday to direct its planning and zoning board to take a closer look at the county’s policies. The moratorium, passed in May, is slated to stay in effect for two years unless the commission lifts it earlier. “We just need some time to analyze it and protect the wind farm advocates and the . . . Complete story »


July 13, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

A ban on wind farms? These two North Dakota counties did it

BISMARCK – Ongoing tensions over the construction of a new wind farm in North Dakota coal country have come to a head with Mercer County imposing a moratorium on all wind-related projects. The county’s two-year moratorium, designed to block the construction of a proposed Garrison Butte Wind Farm by Alberta-based company Capital Power, was announced at a packed Mercer County Commission meeting July 1 in which both coal industry workers and wind advocates gave passionate pleas for the future of energy . . . Complete story »


July 9, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC fines Xcel over wind farm missing lighting deadline

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has fined Xcel Energy $10,000 for failing to meet the deadline for complying with the state’s new law requiring light-mitigating technology atop wind turbines. The system at the new Foxtail wind farm in Dickey County became fully operational April 7, missing the state’s Dec. 31 deadline by several months. The technology turns off the blinking red lights at night except when aircraft fly in the vicinity. The southeastern North Dakota wind farm is one . . . Complete story »


July 2, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Tension over renewables in coal country on display at wind moratorium hearing

STANTON – The latest sign of tension over wind power in North Dakota’s coal country played out Wednesday in Stanton, where landowners, construction workers and a wind farm developer asked the Mercer County Commission to reconsider a moratorium on wind-related projects. The commission issued the moratorium in May on zoning applications related to wind energy as Alberta-based Capital Power seeks to build a wind farm north of Hazen and Stanton. The measure will stay in place until May 2022 unless . . . Complete story »


June 11, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC okays siting for a new 200 megawatt wind farm in Burke County

The Public Service Commission has approved a siting permit for a wind farm in Burke County. That, after rejecting a proposed wind farm in that general area in 2019, because of concerns about its impact on wildlife. Next Era Energy Resources redesigned the 200 megawatt wind farm, renaming it the Northern Divide Wind Energy Center. The new design has a smaller footprint. It will cover 11,000 acres of land – about half the size of the earlier Burke Wind Farm, . . . Complete story »


June 11, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Facility to include up to 74 turbines

BISMARCK – State regulators approved a siting permit Wednesday for a 200-megawatt wind project in Burke County that will include up to 74 turbines. The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved permits for the Northern Divide Wind Project and for a 41-mile long, 345-kilovolt transmission line that starts at the wind farm in the northwest corner of Burke County, in the Columbus area, and extends to Basin Electric’s Tande Substation in Mountrail County. Northern Divide is a subsidiary of NextEra . . . Complete story »


May 29, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Ruso wind farm decision in ‘abeyance’ until 2021 Legislature meets

The company proposing a wind farm in McLean County has been granted an “abeyance of decision” on its siting application, until the 2021 Legislature finishes its work. The Ruso (roo’-so) Wind Project has been the subject of a dispute over whether it can install “ADLS” lighting technology, which is required of wind farms by state law. “ADLS” stands for “Aircraft Detection Lighting System.” It replaces the red flashing lights on the wind towers – something that neighbors to wind farms . . . Complete story »


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 »


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