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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 and copyrighted by the organizations or individuals noted. They are reproduced here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

June 18, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC considers Ward County wind project

Less than a week after denying a state permit for a major wind farm in Burke County, the state Public Service Commission held a public hearing on a different wind farm. This time, an Alabama company is seeking permission to build in extreme southeast Ward County. Jim Olson reports. Ruso Wind Partners – owned by Southern Power of Alabama – originally planned to speread 53 wind turbines over a 36,000 acre area between Benedict and Ruso. They amended that plan . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Ruso wind farm goes before public hearing

The North Dakota Public Service Commission heard testimony in Minot Monday on a proposed wind farm near the town of Ruso. The farm, operated by Ruso Wind Partners, LLC, would include between 60 and 63 turbines, and would have a capacity of up to 205 megawatts of power. The farm would cover roughly 16,000 acres of land, and would cost between $250 and $280 million. Dennis Pozarnsky and his wife traveled to Minot from Benedict to speak against the proposed . . . Complete story »

June 15, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

North Dakota falling short of industry panel’s wind power goal

Dave Nehring, who founded North Dakota Visionkeepers last year to help grassroots organizations fighting wind projects in their communities, said the state has reached its saturation point for wind energy. He blamed the turbines' proliferation for a rise in electrical prices, though similar claims have been disputed by industry officials. "We don't need it in the state of North Dakota," Nehring said. Complete story »

June 13, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC denies siting for the proposed Burke Wind project

It may be a first for the North Dakota Public Service Commission. The PSC has denied the siting permit for a wind farm. The wind farm in question is the proposed 200 megawatt Burke Wind facility, in Burke and Mountrail Counties. The reason for the denial: objections from the state Game and Fish Department and the US Fish and Wildlife Service concerning wetlands and other wildlife habitat. “The Game and Firsh Department’s March 7, 2019 letter indicated it believed Burke . . . Complete story »

June 12, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Citing wildlife impacts, North Dakota regulators deny siting permit for Burke County wind farm

BISMARCK – In what one commissioner called a “historic” decision, North Dakota utility regulators denied a siting permit for a wind farm in the state’s northwest corner following opposition from state and federal wildlife agencies Wednesday, June 12. Public Service Commissioners unanimously rejected NextEra Energy’s application for siting permit, the first time they remembered doing so for an energy facility given that regulators and project developers typically work out issues before a final decision is made. NextEra sought to build a . . . Complete story »

June 6, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine falls off interstate ramp, shuts it down

Fargo, N.D. (Valley News Live) A massive wind turbine is shutting down parts of the interstate in the metro after it fell off a ramp. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says it happened on the Eastbound I-94 to Northbound I-29 in Fargo ramp–It’s now closed. People are urged to find alternative routes. As of around noon on Wednesday, the Highway Patrol says that ramp could be closed for a couple of hours. Stay with Valley News Live as we follow . . . Complete story »

June 4, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC schedules Minot hearing for Ruso Wind project

The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing in Minot on Monday, June 17, regarding a proposal to construct a wind farm in Ward County and associated electric transmission line in Ward and McHenry Counties. Ruso Wind Partners, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Power, has submitted applications for permits for the Ruso Wind Project and an associated transmission line. The wind farm will have a capacity of up to 205 megawatts and will consists of about . . . Complete story »

May 24, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm to move

A controversial wind farm proposal is moving after a new developer purchased the project. A spokesperson for NextEra Energy Resources said the company intends for the 70-turbine project to be in Emmons and/or Logan counties “to take advantage of synergies” with the company’s Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center, which is under construction. No exact location has yet been determined for the project, however. “We have evaluated the Burleigh Wind project, talked to community leaders and decided to move the project. We . . . Complete story »

May 23, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Southern Burleigh County wind farm project officially dead

The battle over a proposed wind farm in Southern Burleigh and Northern Emmons County – Is over. Chicago Based PNE Wind wanted to build over 70 wind turbines in that area but faced stiff opposition of area residents. PNE’s application for a special use permit was eventually denied by the Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission. Last month they sold the project to Next-Era Energy subsidiary, Burke Wind. Last night NextEra officials met with leaseholders in Linton to tell them they . . . Complete story »

May 23, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Legislation to change distribution of wind farm taxes

Property taxes from new and aging wind farms will be shared with the state government under a new law passed by the 2019 Legislature, according to information presented to the Ward County Commission Tuesday. “They’ve changed how property taxes are going to be allocated going forward,” said Robert Harms, policy adviser for North Dakotans for Comprehensive Energy Solutions. “One third of it will go to the state general fund. The other two-thirds will stay at the local level.” The revenue . . . Complete story »

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