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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.

January 4, 2018 • Letters, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Farm & ranch land destruction/Loss of tax base

Fact: Each industrial wind turbine base removes 1.5 to 3 acres of farm/ranch ground from farm/ranch production. Fact: Industrial wind turbines remove additional acres of farm/ranch from agricultural production as a result of road construction & attendant road ditches, underground cabling, compaction of soil from massive construction cranes & staging equipment, including substations. Fact: After the initial construction of a turbine and later after the decommissioning, harvest yields are diminished forever, far beyond the relatively short life span of a . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Interim committee studying wind power siting; Interim Natural Resources Committee meets 12/13/17

An interim Legislative committee has begun a study of wind power in North Dakota – looking at wind farm siting laws and rules, as well as rules for decommissioning wind farms when they’re no longer used. “The process of siting wind projects has gotten more and more controversial, as we see more farms developing,” Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak told the interim Natural Resources Committee. “We’ve also gotten better at it.” But Fedorchak told the Committee she’s open to find . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2017 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed new rules would affect lights on wind towers

New rules proposed by the North Dakota Public Service Commission would change the required lighting on wind towers. The lights are required for aircraft safety. Many of the older wind farms use blinking red lights. Some people have complained that those lights remain on even when there are no airplanes in the area. But PSC Chairman Randy Christmann said there are newer technologies for those lighting systems. One is “aircraft detection lighting.” “It has a radar that shuts most or . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2017 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Foxtail Wind: North Dakota Public Service Commission hears testimony on Dickey County project

ELLENDALE – Officials with NextEra Energy told the North Dakota Public Service Commission at a public hearing here Monday that the Foxtail Wind Energy Center is designed to avoid direct impact on areas of archeological, tribal and historical significance. The Foxtail Wind Energy Center is a wind farm made up of about 20,000 acres in western Dickey County located south of Merricourt and north of Forbes. The project will use 75 turbines capable of generating 150 megawatts of electricity. The project . . . Complete story »

November 3, 2017 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Public wind farm meeting brings debate

A public meeting regarding a proposed wind farm in Bowman County turned contentious when Senior Development Manager Mark Mauersberger opened his presentation up for questions from the audience. Mauersberger, with Apex Clean Energy, was in Bowman on Wednesday, Oct. 25 to give the public a brief overview of the proposed project, which is slated to span approximately 40,000 acres in Rhame, Bowman and Griffen. It is estimated to produce around 200 mega watts of clean energy when fully operational, according . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2017 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind tax, wind energy impacts, contemplated by Legislature

State Rep. Vicky Steiner, also of District 37 in Dickinson and who serves on the Natural Resources Committee, reported at the town hall that her committee was also looking into the impacts of wind energy in North Dakota . "We expect to study the impact of wind energy development on neighboring property values," Steiner said. "Does that impact their property value being next door to it? How does that affect agriculture? How does it affect the environment?" Complete story »

October 16, 2017 • North Dakota, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

‘Completely perverse’ wind energy subsidies aren’t reducing emissions

We all see the hundreds of wind power turbines which dot the beautiful landscape of our region. We’re told, by the supporters of these wind farms, that they’re a boon to our society. That they’re reducing greenhouse gas emissions by providing cheap, reliable energy. Except, this week I spoke with a man from the University of California, Berkeley who says that’s a lot of bunk. Steven Hayward, a senior resident scholar at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, has produced a . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2017 • Minnesota, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Xcel Energy may split subsidiary for Minnesota, North Dakota

Xcel Energy has proposed splitting its utility operations in North Dakota and Minnesota, telling regulators that widening policy differences between the two states over clean energy have caused stresses that might best be resolved through a breakup. But a consultant for the North Dakota Public Service Commission is arguing against the separation, saying there would be “no long-term benefits” for North Dakota, only a “substantial likelihood” of higher costs for customers. Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy has long had a single subsidiary . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2017 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm: Amended site plan makes room for piping plover, whooping cranes

ASHLEY, N.D. – Only four members of the public spoke at an almost five-hour public hearing Wednesday held by the North Dakota Public Service Commission on the proposed Merricourt Wind Power Project. EDF Renewable Development Inc., based out of San Diego, Calif., had submitted an application for a revised site plan for the 150-megawatt wind energy project. The Public Service Commission scheduled a hearing on the revised site plan in June, but had to reschedule as the hearing was not . . . Complete story »

September 8, 2017 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Second phase of Barnes County wind farm approved

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved its final permit Wednesday, Sept. 6, for a wind farm northeast of Valley City. The three-member commission unanimously approved a siting permit for the second phase of the Glacier Ridge Wind Farm, Chairman Randy Christmann said. In total, the PSC authorized the construction of up to 87 turbines producing 300.15 megawatts on roughly 25,000 acres. The project is estimated to cost $375 million. The PSC issued a siting permit for the project’s . . . Complete story »

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