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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 the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

February 7, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Public Service Commission approves Emmons-Logan wind farm

The North Dakota Public Service Commission issued a siting permit on Wednesday for the Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center, granting approval for as many as 123 wind turbines northeast of Linton. The project by NextEra Energy Resources will have a capacity of about 298 megawatts and will include a 6.85-mile transmission line in Emmons County. Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said the project has strong support from community members and landowners in the area. “Many locals attended the hearing and spoke in favor . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm developer files court appeal

Pure New Energy USA, the company proposing to develop the controversial Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm, filed an appeal to the South Central Judicial District Court on Friday, challenging the Burleigh County Commission’s recent decision to deny 30 special use permits for the project. According to the notice of appeal, PNE argues it “met any and all requirements for issuance of the subject permits and the board should not have denied its applications.” Also, the company alleges the commission’s decisions and actions . . . Complete story »

January 9, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Burleigh County commissioners vote no on turbines in Morton Township

BISMARCK N.D. – A controversial wind farm project in Morton Township in southern Burleigh County has been denied. County commissioners voted tonight to reject the 30 applications for turbines in the municipality. Nearly a month after a public hearing on the issue, Burleigh County commissioners made the decision to turn down the special permit applications for wind turbines in Morton Township, and the decision was met with enthusiasm from the crowd. “Wind is okay but this was a bad place . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

County commission denies permits for Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm

The Burleigh County Commission voted 4-1 Monday to deny special use permits in Morton Township for the proposed Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm, as recommended by the county planning and zoning board. Prior to the vote, the commission considered sending the matter back to planning and zoning, as requested by Pure New Energy USA, the company proposing to develop the 70-turbine wind farm in southern Burleigh and northern Emmons counties. “I think this has gone on long enough … I just don’t . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proposal dealt another blow

Bismarck – The proposal to build a wind farm in Southern Burleigh and Northern Emmons County was dealt another blow this evening. It was another packed house during Monday evening’s meeting of the Burleigh County Commission. But in the end…those wearing the red shirts were the ones who walked out of the Bismarck City/County building with their heads held high. “Commissioner Jones?, Yes, Armstrong?, Aye, Woodcox?, Yes, Puluso, Yes, Bitner, No.” “Motion Carries” That was the vote Monday evening by . . . Complete story »

January 5, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developer refutes ‘false’ information

Pure New Energy USA held a press conference Friday morning to refute what it called “inaccurate” information presented at last month’s Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing in regard to the proposed Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm. The Bismarck Airport, as well as Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s involvement in the project, were among the topics discussed at the press conference, which was attended by about 20 Morton Township landowners. PNE is requesting the planning and zoning board reconsider its recommendation . . . Complete story »

January 4, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Company seeks reconsideration of Burleigh County wind project

The company proposing the controversial Burleigh Emmons Wind Farm is asking the Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission to reconsider its recommendation to deny the project a permit. Representatives from Pure New Energy USA say they weren’t allowed to respond to comments from the public in the Dec. 5 hearing before the commission voted 5-3 against the project. The company is asking for the opportunity to submit expert testimony and other evidence to respond to what PNE calls “inaccurate, false . . . Complete story »

December 27, 2018 • Letters, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

We like our open spaces across N.D.

This letter is in response to the comments made by the CEO of PNE USA Inc, developer of the Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm (Dec. 21), Ron Flax-Davidson of Chicago. I don’t expect someone from the Chicago area to understand how we appreciate the wide open spaces of the North Dakota prairies. These unobscured views are becoming more and more scarce as the state witnesses the continued search for oil and coal, not to mention the hundreds of wind turbines already here. . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2018 • North Dakota, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Mike Jacobs: Wind is blowing in conflict

The so-called "Code of the West" used to be that whiskey was for drinking and water was for fighting. Maybe the code should be amended to say that air is for breathing but wind is for feuding, because wind has replaced water as the most complex and contentious public policy issue in the state. Complete story »

December 14, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developer to pay a $60,000 fine for violations of a setback agreement with the PSC

The developer of a wind farm in McHenry County near Velva has been fined $60,000 because a handful of its wind turbines do not comply with a setback provision negotiated between the company and the North Dakota Public Service Commission. It concerns the Meadowlark wind farm. The settlement required a 1400 foot setback from occupied homes, as well as roads and power lines. Two of the turbines were too close to homes, two were too close to a state highway, . . . Complete story »

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