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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.

July 10, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Stark County rescinds June moratorium on wind turbines; orders new moratorium drafted

In May, Marathon Petroleum Corp. signed an agreement with One Energy Enterprises LLC to install five 2.3 megawatt wind turbines at Marathon’s renewable diesel facility in Dickinson, North Dakota. The wind turbines, according to Marathon’s press releases and interviews, sought to provide energy to the facility and help further decrease its carbon emissions profile. “This project has been designed to provide low-cost, clean energy right from Marathon’s own property, while also investing in the community,” said CEO Jereme Kent at . . . Complete story »

July 10, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind and coal seek common ground under North Dakota county’s wind moratorium

STANTON, N.D. – A year of tension between North Dakota wind and coal power found brief reprieve this week as leaders in one coal country county laid out plans to bring the two sides together to hash out their differences over local wind development provisions. Mercer County, one of three counties responsible for the bulk of North Dakota’s coal production, is currently under a wind moratorium barring the construction of new wind turbines in the area – a measure the county adopted . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm planned for Stutsman, LaMoure counties

A large wind farm is in the planning stages for southwestern Stutsman County and northwestern LaMoure County, according to Thomas Von Bische, project manager for NextEra Energy. Von Bishche told the Stutsman County Commission Tuesday the project is in the preliminary planning stages with no set timeline for the start of construction or the model or capacity of the wind turbines. “We haven’t had a hard look at what the project looks like,” he said. “We started the land lease . . . Complete story »

July 7, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Company exploring potential wind farm in Stutsman County

Stutsman County may be home to a new wind farm in the future. NextEra Energy Spokesman Tom VonBische came before the Stutsman County Commission Tuesday afternoon. He informed the commission that the Florida based company has completed numerous wind farms in the state. VonBische says the project would be in a portion of LaMoure County as well. At this time, they have reached a point in the process to inform the commission of their intentions. He added the company has . . . Complete story »

June 22, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm hearing postponed until August 24

A planned public hearing on a proposed 74-turbine wind farm south of Bowman and Rhame has been postponed until August. The Public Service Commission had been scheduled for June 24 at the Bowman Lodge and Convention Center. The new date is August 24. The subject of the hearing is a proposed Apex Clean Energy project called Bowman Wind which covers more than 44,000 acres south of the two rural communities. The Virginia-based firm has announced that the proposed wind farm . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

State Public Service Commission sets meeting on large wind power project near Rhame, Bowman

A proposal to build more than 70 wind turbines south of Bowman and Rhame will have a meeting June 24 at the Bowman Lodge and Convention Center at 8 a.m. The meeting is being held by the North Dakota Public Service Commission. The company, Apex Clean Energy, has announced that the proposed wind farm would generate approximately 200 megawatts of electricity. According to the company website, the Bowman Wind project has the advantage of existing high-voltage power lines, proximity to . . . Complete story »

June 10, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

North Dakota regulators say no to wind farm lighting extension request

The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday denied a wind farm’s request for an extension to install technology that would keep the lights atop its turbines from blinking bright red all night long. Avangrid Renewables owns Rugby Wind and sought more time to comply with the state’s law requiring light mitigation technology atop wind farm turbines. The company was interested in putting in a system on the Pierce County wind farm that would dim the lights at night based . . . Complete story »

June 10, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC denies a delay for a wind farm light replacement project

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has denied a request by a north central North Dakota wind farm to delay replacement of the lights on top of the turbine towers. The old red blinking beacons have to be replaced on existing wind farm facilities by the end of the year. PPM Energy had asked for a year extension for the Rugby Wind Farm, because of the potential for using what is called the “LIDS” system – for “Light Intensity Dimming . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proposed near Bowman could include battery storage

Apex Clean Energy is proposing a wind farm in southwestern North Dakota that could include the first large-scale battery storage facility in the state. The project would involve putting up 74 wind turbines south of the cities of Bowman and Rhame. The wind farm’s capacity would be nearly 209 megawatts. Recent wind farms built in North Dakota range in size from 100 to 300 megawatts. Apex seeks a permit from state regulators. The company included in its application plans to . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2021 • North Dakota, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Hoeven, Cramer help introduce legislation to eliminate wind tax credit

WASHINGTON – Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer this week helped introduce legislation, led by Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) and joined by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), to completely phase out the federal production tax credit (PTC) for renewable energy sources, like wind. The bill specifies that any new projects would need to begin construction by the end of this year in order to qualify for the credit, as is the case under current law. The senators introduced similar legislation . . . Complete story »

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