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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

June 18, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

County could host new wind projects; Three companies investigate Ward’s wind

Ward County is on the radar of wind energy companies seeking new areas for expansion. The Ward County Planning Office has had contacts with three companies interested in potential projects, including one that is considering reviving a portion of the large Hartland project that had been proposed 10 years ago. NextEra Energy Resources acquired the Hartland project and is initiating wind monitoring in townships in and near the gooseneck of Ward County as well as in Mountrail and Renville counties. . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

How many bald eagle deaths from a ND wind farm can wildlife officials accept?

FARGO – Wind farms are hailed as a source of clean, renewable energy. But even wind energy supporters acknowledge that those spinning wind turbine blades impose an environmental cost: dead birds. Consequently, federal wildlife officials are mulling a morbid question involving a large North Dakota wind farm: How many bald eagle deaths do they consider acceptable for a bird that is legally protected and hallowed as a national symbol? Their tentative answer: About one per year, or up to five dead . . . Complete story »

June 10, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind developer’s payment to Ducks Unlimited raises questions

A North Dakota wind project that raised concerns with wildlife officials about impacts to habitat is moving forward this summer after the developer made a $557,000 payment to Ducks Unlimited. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department wrote in comments to state utility regulators that a considerable portion of the Foxtail Wind Project in Dickey County would affect native, unbroken prairie that is vital to declining wildlife populations. The agency recommended project developer NextEra Energy Resources develop a mitigation plan . . . Complete story »

June 10, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Efforts to reduce wind energy impact to wildlife prompts controversy

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is working to reduce the impact of wind development on wildlife habitat, but the agency’s process to develop new guidelines has drawn opposition from the state’s energy and agriculture industries. Game and Fish has proposed voluntary guidelines that aim to steer wind developers away from erecting turbines and building roads in wildlife habitat areas. The recommendations also outline a process for companies to offset their impact to habitat through projects that restore or . . . Complete story »

May 20, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

New technology required for Morton County wind farm, but not yet approved by FAA

A wind farm west of Mandan is scheduled to be one of the first in the state to implement an alternative to blinking red lights, but the company says it still needs federal approval before installing the technology. North Dakota legislators last year directed the Public Service Commission to adopt rules that require light-mitigating technology for wind turbines. Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said state regulators had already started requiring alternative lighting for wind projects approved since June 2016 to . . . Complete story »

May 18, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Fish and Wildlife Service seeks comment on bald eagle take permit for Courtenay Wind Farm

DENVER – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment for the Northern States Power Company, doing business as Xcel Energy, for the Courtenay Wind Farm. The draft Environmental Assessment evaluates the impact of issuing an eagle take permit for the existing 100-turbine wind facility located approximately 15 miles north of Jamestown, N.D. The draft Environmental Assessment evaluates impacts of issuing an eagle take permit and evaluates conservation opportunities. One component of the . . . Complete story »

May 3, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Commission send wind farm proposal back for review

Initially, a 4-year permit may have seemed like plenty of time to begin work on a wind farm project in Mercer County. But in April 2018, as the 4-year deadline swiftly approaches its close with nothing done, an extension became the subject of debate. The Antelope Hills Wind Project was approved on Oct. 1, 2014, but a series of name changes and internal shifts continued to delay the project. Over the last four years, companies bearing different names have approached . . . Complete story »

April 14, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

New wind project planned for McHenry County

VELVA – A new wind project is coming to southwestern McHenry County. Capital Power, based in Edmonton, Alberta, is developing and will operate the New Frontier Wind project in McHenry County, said Mike Sheehan, manager of media relations for Capital Power. He said this is Capital Power’s second wind development project in the U.S. since last year. The earlier project is in Kansas. Capital Power has 24 such facilities in the U.S. and Canada, Sheehan said. The McHenry County project, . . . Complete story »

April 13, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Landowners seek education on energy development

STANLEY – Landowners in North Dakota oil country had a lot of questions Thursday about wind development as residents of the northwest corner of the state see an increase in wind farm proposals. The Northwest Landowners Association hosted about 160 people at an informational expo in Stanley to educate property owners affected by energy development. Chairman Troy Coons said the association continues to get questions from landowners about oil and gas development and pipeline projects, and recently has had more members . . . Complete story »

March 21, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Project blows back around; Energy company plans to measure wind as step toward future wind farm

An energy company hopes to revive plans for a wind farm once proposed in northwestern North Dakota. Tom VonBische, representing Nextera Energy Resources, told the Ward County Commission Tuesday that the company is considering a 300-megawatt wind farm, consisting of about 150 turbines. The location is the former Hartland wind farm area that had proposed to encompass part of Ward, Mountrail and Burke counties. Nextera is proposing to place wind measurement towers in Ward County in Carbondale, Ree and Passport . . . Complete story »

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