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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.

December 7, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines pose problems for aerial applicators

As wind turbines become a more common sight in North Dakota, Aerial applicators have had to figure out ways to work around them. Steve Iglehart, an applicator based out of Bismarck says his main issue is with the blades. “Generators turning, or they could be hiding a MET tower where they’re hard to see,” said Steve Iglehart, Aerial Applicator. Iglehart says he also has to watch out for crews working on the towers. He dodges some of these problems by . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

North Dakota regulators’ split decision highlights continued debate over wind farms

BISMARCK – North Dakota utility regulators signaled to Xcel Energy that it could seek to recover the cost of several wind farms through its customers’ bills Thursday, Dec. 6, as they acknowledged growing concerns from the public about such projects. The eight projects consisting of roughly 1,850 megawatts were given an “advance determination of prudence” and are located in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. The two in North Dakota are already under construction. Public Service Commission Chairman Randy Christmann . . . Complete story »

December 6, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Permit denied for Burleigh-Emmons wind project

The Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-3 late Wednesday to deny a permit for the proposed Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm, following a four-hour meeting with passionate testimony from both sides. More than 500 citizens attended the rescheduled public hearing, which was held in the Bismarck Event Center’s main arena, with more than half wearing a shade of red, representing opposition to the project. Chicago-based Pure New Energy USA is proposing to develop the 250-megawatt Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm, which would . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2018 • Letters, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Statements on wind farm questionable

As evidenced by PNE’s full-page ad in Sunday’s Bismarck Tribune, it is OK to make untrue or inaccurate statements and label them as “facts.” Where do we start? The ecological assessments were done, using the bare minimums to qualify as a suitable study, and using hand-picked locations to obtain favorable results for the project. If you listen to the USFWS and NDGF staff, they will tell you that from their perspectives, this site would be one of the worst possible . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Who owns the view? North Dakotans tangle over proposed wind project

When the big wind project came up for a vote in Morton Township, a square of prairie in central North Dakota, township supervisors were in a quandary. All three supported the project but, as participants, they stood to gain financially. So they kicked the decision to the county commission, which now faces a hornet’s nest of controversy. At the heart of the debate lies a ticklish question: Do rural Americans have a say in what they see outside their dining-room . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm’s impact to Bismarck Airport part of project evaluation

Developers of a wind farm proposed southeast of Bismarck say they’ve reduced the height of some turbines to accommodate the Bismarck Airport. The Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm, which is expected to attract more than 500 people for a public hearing next week, is proposed about 15 miles southeast of Bismarck and 12 to 13 miles from the airport. Chicago-based Pure New Energy USA has worked with the Federal Aviation Administration and the airport during its planning process, which led to some . . . Complete story »

November 27, 2018 • Letters, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Opponents receive unfair comparison

In reading your article regarding the recent Burleigh County Commission meeting, I was bemused by a quote from Commissioner Brian Bitner where he likened the wind opposition group to DAPL protesters. “He heard” – who did he hear that from? Certainly no one in our group, which has been respectful from the start of our opposition over two years ago. I think there is a huge irony in his statement, due to the fact that the CEO of this wind development . . . Complete story »

November 25, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC to hold hearing on wind farm project near Linton

The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing in Linton on Friday, Dec. 7, regarding a proposal to construct a wind farm and associated electric transmission line in Emmons and Logan counties. Emmons-Logan Wind LLC (a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources), has submitted applications for permits for the Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center and an associated transmission line. The wind farm will have a capacity of approximately 298.1 megawatts and will consist of up to 123 . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm hearing slated for Dec. 5 at Event Center

The Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission has rescheduled their public hearing in regard to the proposed Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm to 5:15 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Bismarck Event Center. On Wednesday, three rooms of the City/County Building, located in downtown Bismarck, couldn’t accommodate the hundreds of people – many with testimony in hand – who showed up to the initial public hearing. After a 45-minute delay and two failed attempts at broadcasting the meeting, which was held in the . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Strong beliefs blow in with proposed wind farm

More than 150 citizens filled three rooms of Bismarck’s City/County Building Wednesday night, aiming to make their voices heard in regard to a wind farm being proposed for portions of Burleigh and Emmons counties. Due to lack of space at the venue and technical issues, those voices remain unheard, as the Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission’s public hearing on the proposed Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm couldn’t move forward, according to the board, without full participation by all citizens. As of . . . Complete story »

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