Wind Power News: North Dakota
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Over the next few years, North Dakotans will have their nighttime view improved with a reduction in the frequency of seeing blinking red lights atop wind turbines. House Bill 1378 passed the North Dakota Senate by a 45-1 vote on April 20 with no debate. It now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature [NWW note: signed April 24]. HB1378 requires that all wind turbines install aircraft detection lighting systems. All wind energy projects approved after June 5, 2016, . . .
Over the next few years, nighttime views in North Dakota will see improvement as the frequency of blinking red lights atop wind turbines will be reduced. House Bill 1378 passed the North Dakota Senate by a 45-1 vote Thursday morning with no debate. It now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature. HB1378 requires aircraft detection lighting systems must be installed on all wind turbines. All wind energy projects approved after June 5, 2016, must have systems in place . . .
The House has rejected an amendment to a power generation study bill that opponents said would have severely restricted wind power development in North Dakota. The amendment would have required the Public Service Commission to consider “need” when siting a new power generation facility. Supporters said all this does is ask the PSC to do its job. “This is not a war on wind thing,” said Rep. Todd Porter (R-Mandan). “This is making sure that the next one in isn’t . . .
A state House committee rejected what one lawmaker called a “glorified moratorium” on new wind energy projects Friday, but instead proposed tweaks to how the state’s utility regulator evaluates projects. House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, proposed an amendment to a bill seeking a study of the state’s long-term energy plan that would have prevented the Public Service Commission from approving a new application for a wind farm submitted after Dec. 31 unless it determines that the energy is needed . . .
The wind energy bill passed by the North Dakota House is an effective compromise, according to Rep. Mike Brandenburg, R-Edgeley. “It’s kind of a meeting in the middle,” he said, referring to. “If everybody agrees, and the township and county agree, it (a wind farm) can be built right.” Senate Bill 2313, as originally written and passed by the Senate, created a reclamation and restoration program for abandoned wind farm sites within the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and set . . .
Increased setbacks for wind energy turbines were passed Tuesday by House members by a 60-32 vote. Senate Bill 2313 creates setbacks of 1.1 times the height of a wind turbine from the property line of a nonparticipating landowner as well as three times the height of a turbine from an inhabited rural residence of a nonparticipating landowner. The bill also establishes an ombudsmen program, overseen through the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, that would allow for the contracting of ombudsmen . . .
After a brief threat of a moratorium on new wind energy projects in North Dakota, state officials have agreed to call for a study of the state’s energy landscape. The move sidesteps pitting the coal and wind energy industries against one another – though many see the rise of one as the downfall of the other. The reality is that both industries are struggling to surmount technological challenges that might otherwise leave them crippled. Coal needs to be cleaner; wind needs . . .
State officials and industry lined up Thursday to debate how best to improve quality of life for those who have wind turbines on or near their property and aren’t pleased to have to view the traditional blinking red lights mounted atop them at night. Proponents of House Bill 1378 told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that installing technology that keeps the lights from flashing unless aircraft travel within a certain range will improve the view shed for area . . .
A proposal that would have created a two-year moratorium on new wind energy development in North Dakota was stripped from legislation that ultimately passed the Senate as a study of the state’s energy plan Wednesday. Senate Bill 2314, as passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday, would have prevented the Public Service Commission from approving a wind farm application submitted in the two years starting Aug. 1 unless the commission determined that added generation was needed for . . .
The North Dakota Senate is considering two bills that could negatively impact the development of wind farms in the state, according to Rep. Mike Brandenburg, R-Edgeley. Senate Bill 2314 was amended to include a two-year moratorium on new wind farm projects before it passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a 4-3 vote Friday. Sen. Jessica Unruh, R-Beulah, said another amendment passed the committee Tuesday that would place a moratorium on wind projects until Aug. 1, 2019, “unless . . .