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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.

January 14, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Still some issues on a proposed wind farm in McLean County

The Public Service Commission is still working through some issues regarding a proposed 205 megawatt wind farm in northern McLean County. The Ruso wind farm would have 60 to 63 turbines. The issue is the new light mitigating technology. It would use radar to detect planes in the area of the wind farm, to turn on lights. State law says wind farms permitted after June of 2016 have to have that technology. But Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said the Ruso case . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Three of six wind farms that missed a lighting system deadline are now in compliance

Three of six wind power projects in North Dakota permitted after June of 2018 that did not meet a December 31st deadline to have new turbine tower lighting systems installed now say they’re in compliance. They are Oliver Wind, and Brady Wind One and Two. Those systems would use radar technology, to turn the lights on when an aircraft approaches. Some residents living in the vicinity of wind farms objected to the blinking red lights common to the towers. Some . . . Complete story »

January 3, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Six wind farms miss deadline for new lighting systems

Six wind farms have missed a December 31st deadline to install new “Aircraft Detection Lighting Systems” on their turbine towers, as required by state law.. Those wind farms were permitted after June of 2016. That new system replaces the blinking red lights or strobes on wind towers, and only light up when an aircraft is in the area, detected by radar. “We all know that this technology has been talked about for a long time,” Fedorchak said. “It’s been promised . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2019 • Minnesota, North Dakota, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Renewables ‘hit a wall’ in saturated Upper Midwest grid

In August, two wind farm developers quietly withdrew their requests to tie into the Midwest power grid. NextEra Energy Inc. and Southern Power Co. filed the notices with regulators in Minnesota and North Dakota, respectively. The documents didn’t draw much attention. Developers routinely enter the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) interconnection queue and later drop out if projects aren’t feasible. But renewable energy advocates in the region say the projects belong to a much larger group of wind and solar . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC looking at wind farm decommissioning plans

Thirty-four North Dakota wind farms have filed “decommissioning plans” with the North Dakota Public Service Commission. The plans are now required for all wind projects. The first plan is due by the facility’s 10th year, and must be updated every five years after that. The plans deal with clean up of the sites. Those decommissioning plans include the cost per turbine location for reclamation. The PSC requires a licensed North Dakota engineer to come up with those plans. “They (the . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2019 • North Dakota, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC grants Xcel Energy an ‘advanced determination of prudence’ for a SD wind farm

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has approved an “advanced determination of prudence” for a proposed 151.2 megawatt wind farm in South Dakota. Xcel Energy asked for that determination. “It’s to meet its obligation under an electric service agreement with Honeycrisp Power, a subsidiary of Google,” PSC Chairman Brian Kroshus said. “It will provide electric service to Google’s proposed data center, to be loacted at the Sherco generation station property in Becker, Minnesota.” Google wants to build a $600 million . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Ashtabula wind farm first in ND to re-power

A wind farm in Barnes County is the first facility in North Dakota to be re-powered – that is, upgraded from the original. The Public Service Commission has okayed the re-power plan. Under it, Ashtabula Wind will replace existing turbines with newer, more power-generating models, that will increase its capacity from 148.5 megawatts to 160.4 megawatts. The turbine blades will also be larger. The company had started work on the site before the PSC acted. “It doesn’t meet the definition . . . Complete story »

November 24, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Researchers are developing a study on how to recycle wind turbines in North Dakota

Nearly 1,000 blades are expected to be buried in the Casper Regional Landfill in Wyoming this year. The turbines are built of mostly recyclable products, however the blades are made of fiberglass materials, making it hard to find a new purpose. Allete Clean Energy is partnering with institutes in Minnesota and North Dakota to explore options that will keep blades out of a landfill. The blades in the sky, won’t be able to spin in the sky forever. “It’s a . . . Complete story »

November 9, 2019 • Letters, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Agree with Air Force concerns

I agree with the Air Force wind turbines are an aeronautical hazard especially with what is planned for hazard lighting. Back when I got into the business the tower light night marking system was quite simple. A photo-cell turned it on at dusk, a mercury tilt switch and motor set-up flashed the top beacon, bulbs lighted through red lenses. The only real problem was the flashing system it was a continual pain (every radio building had a can of 3-in-1 . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

As wind farms age, owners look to ‘repower’ them with new blades

The owner of a wind farm in Barnes County wants to “repower” the turbines with new blades and gearboxes that will increase the amount of electricity produced at the facility, a process that’s expected to become more common across the state as wind farms age. The Ashtabula I Wind Energy Center was built in 2008 with a capacity to generate 148.5 megawatts of power. Installing the new equipment would boost the capacity to 160.4 megawatts. Ashtabula Wind, a subsidiary of . . . Complete story »

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