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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.


August 15, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmaker proposes to change how N.D. wind energy tax revenue is distributed

A North Dakota legislator is proposing to change how wind energy tax revenue is distributed, sending a portion of the money to state coffers rather than directing it all to local counties. Rep. Mike Brandenburg, R-Edgeley, presented his idea Tuesday to the Legislature’s interim Energy Development and Transmission Committee. Brandenburg, a strong advocate for wind energy, said his goal is to address criticism that the wind industry doesn’t contribute to the state budget the same way that coal and oil . . . Complete story »


July 11, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind decommissioning plans OK’d In North Dakota under new rules

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) recently approved the first set of decommissioning plans for wind farms since new rule changes were approved last year. According to the PSC, the approved rules strengthen requirements for future wind projects and ensure they are properly decommissioned at the end of their use. The changes were put in place to ensure that wind projects are properly taken down and cleaned up when the facility is no longer being used, the commission says. . . . Complete story »


July 7, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

North Dakota wind companies required to plan ahead for restoring land

North Dakota utility regulators recently approved one company’s plans for removing wind turbines and restoring the land, a step that aims to protect the landscape for future generations. Under new Public Service Commission rules, wind companies are required to submit plans and cost estimates for reclaiming wind projects when the turbines reach the end of their useful lives. Commissioners have approved plans for 14 NextEra Energy wind projects, the first ones submitted under the new requirements. “I think it’s safe . . . Complete story »


June 23, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy is making its way to Ward County

Wind energy is making its way to more areas in the Western region. Officials in Ward County say three companies are in interested in projects. NextEra Renewable Resources, Southern Power and EDF Renewables. Officials anticipate these companies will bring 200 wind turbines into the county over the next four years. Construction on some of these projects are set as early as this fall. “With the new wind projects coming online there’s a lot of economic opportunities that come with them – . . . Complete story »


June 21, 2018 • Letters, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Letter: Five eagles killed by wind farm could have produced 100-150 eaglets

In response to “How many bald eagle deaths from a ND wind farm can wildlife officials accept?” published June 18: Given the amount of wind in North Dakota, certainly the Courtenay Wind Farm could have been situated away from where bald eagles nest. The nests aren’t hard to find as bald eagles usually come back to the same nest every year. But as the farm is up and running it seems unlikely that it will be moved. As other wind . . . Complete story »


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 »


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