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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.


March 25, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC wrestles with ‘renewable rider’ on Otter Tail Power montly bills

Otter Tail Power’s North Dakota residential customers will see an extra charge on their monthly bills next month. For an average customer, it will be $4.01. The reason: It was the method approved by the North Dakota Public Service Commission to take into account the Production Tax Credit for the Merricourt Wind Farm, and to even out the charges. Utilities had been using the credit to give customers a break on their bills up front, meaning there would be a . . . Complete story »


March 21, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm rules could mean they’re quieter

New rules could mean new wind farms in North Dakota will be a little quieter. The Public Service Commission’s current rules allow the acceptable sound levels from a wind farm to be 50 decibels at a distance of 100 feet from an occupied residence. The new rule would lower that level to 45 decibels. “The reality is, noise is one of the complaints about wind,” said Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. “And it’s one of the complaints we get, and it’s a . . . Complete story »


March 6, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Ruso Wind evaluates next steps after PSC denial

BISMARCK – A proposed wind farm in Ward and McLean counties has been stopped by red lights. The North Dakota Public Service Commission Wednesday declined to approve a permit requested by Southern Power for its proposed 205-megawatt Ruso Wind Project. The company faced difficulties complying with a 2017 state law that addresses visual pollution by requiring technology on turbines to keep lights from constantly blinking red at night. Radar-based technology exists that allows for lights to come on only at . . . Complete story »


March 5, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC rejects permit for wind farm over lighting issues

State regulators rejected a permit Wednesday for a proposed wind farm in Ward and McLean counties that faced difficulties complying with a 2017 state law requiring new technology to stop turbine-topping lights from blinking bright red all night. The Public Service Commission, in a 1-2 vote, failed to approve Southern Power’s Ruso Wind project, though commissioners left open the option of reconsidering it down the road. The company did not immediately respond to a Tribune request for comment. Wednesday’s vote . . . Complete story »


March 5, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC rejects siting permit for the Ruso Wind Project

On a 2 to 1 vote, the North Dakota Public Service Commission failed to approve the siting application for a wind farm in Ward and McLean Counties. The issue for the proposed Ruso Wind Project was the so called “Aircraft Detection Lighting System.” It was permitted after June 6th, 2016 – and that means it would have to have a system that didn’t have the constant, blinking red lights on the turbine towers, but would turn on lights when it . . . Complete story »


February 18, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Public Service Commissioner working on a compromise for a wind farm near the Minot Air Force Base

A member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission says she’s hoping to draft an order that could satisfy the concerns of the developer of a proposed wind farm in northern McLean County, as well as follow state law concerning light mitigation technology. The order would concern the proposed Ruso wind farm. State law requires wind farms permitted after June 2016 to have light mitigating technology on the turbine towers, rather than the blinking red lights that are on all . . . Complete story »


February 14, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

‘A unique set of circumstances’ surrounds Ruso wind farm compliance with new lighting law

A dispute over North Dakota’s new law requiring light mitigation technology on wind turbines played out before state regulators Thursday as they consider an application for a wind farm in Ward and McLean counties. At a hearing, attorneys for the North Dakota Public Service Commission said regardless of whether the commissioners approve Southern Power’s Ruso wind farm, their decision might be challenged in court by a landowner or the project developer. The dispute stems around a 2017 law requiring the . . . Complete story »


February 11, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

City of Fargo to explore residential wind turbines

FARGO – Fargo city commissioners approved looking into allowing wind turbines in the city on Monday night, Feb. 10. Commissioner Tony Gehrig, who said he was considering installing one at his home, said city laws apparently don’t allow the wind turbines because of noise and height restrictions. He asked that the planning department lead a study of allowing them in residential areas. The motion, which passed 4-1, drew a heated response from City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, who voted against it. Piepkorn . . . Complete story »


January 28, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developers to argue for an exemption from ND lighting law

The developers of the proposed Ruso wind farm in northern McLean County have asked to appear before the North Dakota Public Service Commission, to make the case for an exemption from the state’s new law for light mitigation. State law said wind farms permitted after June of 2016 would have to have new lighting systems that turn on tower lights only when an aircraft is detected in the area. One of the complaints from neighbors of wind farms has to . . . Complete story »


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 »


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