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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 11, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Piling up: State begins discussion of how to store, dispose of and recycle old turbine wind blades

As wind energy grows, so do piles of out-of-commission wind blades. This is an emerging challenge in North Dakota. So, what happens with these blades? Chuck Hyatt, the Director of the Division of Waste Management for NDDEQ, says about 95% of wind towers are recyclable. They’re made of metal. But the over 100-foot blades are made of fiberglass, and the discussion of what to do with them is only just beginning. Hyatt brought this to the state’s Environmental Review Advisory . . . Complete story »

March 10, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power bill headed to governor’s desk

A bill about wind power is among the first pieces of energy legislation headed to Gov. Doug Burgum’s desk this session. The North Dakota Senate voted 45-1 on Tuesday to pass House Bill 1095, which has to do with the Public Service Commission’s oversight of wind farms. The bill, introduced at the request of the PSC, would allow the commission to waive the requirement that a wind farm install technology to mitigate the red lights that blink all night atop . . . Complete story »

March 4, 2021 • Letters, North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

What about impact of turbine blades?

North Dakota has thousands of unrecyclable fiberglass wind turbine blades that will ultimately be discarded when they become obsolete and/or decommissioned. I propose that each individual who has financially benefited and/or otherwise supports wind power adopt a wind turbine blade which could then be proudly displayed on their property to demonstrate how they care for the environment. Brad Manz, Bismarck Complete story »

February 28, 2021 • North Dakota, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Thank wind power for the looming spike in your utility bills

The wind industry's various flacks and apologists have organized a campaign to distract from wind power's role in making our energy grids less resilient, but the truth is the truth. Our government's ill-advised promotion of wind power, through various mandates and massive subsidies, has resulted in two things which are important factors in the utility bill spikes we're about to suffer. First, those policies have put more wind power on the grid. Second, it's also put more natural gas power on the grid. Complete story »

February 23, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm hopes to install light dimming system under extension

State regulators are giving a wind farm in southwestern North Dakota another year to install technology to mitigate the blinking red lights atop its turbines, with the hope that a new dimming system pans out. Montana-Dakota Utilities will have until the end of 2022 to equip its Thunder Spirit wind farm near Hettinger with technology so that the lights don’t blink bright red all night long. The company asked for the extension because it’s interested in a system known as . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

North Dakota lawmakers debate regulating wind amid national power grid fiasco

BISMARCK – North Dakota lawmakers were mulling policies to tighten the regulation of wind farms Thursday, Feb. 18, in a discussion that doubled as a referendum on the root causes of the massive power grid failure that hit parts of the country this week. At the center of conversation was a bill backed by Republican leadership that prompted unyielding opposition from utility companies and the wind industry in the weeks since its introduction. Objection to the bill propelled its sponsors, Senate . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2021 • North Dakota, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Yes, our increasing reliance on intermittent wind power really is a problem

The problem with debating energy policy in modern America is that so much of the discourse is driven by reporters, who have been indoctrinated in the fossil-fuels-are-evil narrative since they were watching “Captain Planet” on Saturday mornings, and pugnacious pundits who aren’t bright enough to actually be for anything but instead must wait to see what the other side says so they can know what they are against. Our national conversation about energy – as millions and millions of Americans struggle . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Power grid at center of debate over North Dakota’s energy future

A conversation-driver—and the "lightning rod" of these proposals, in the words of its primary sponsor and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner—is Senate Bill 2313. In what would be a jolting change to the state’s grid regulation, the bill would require all renewable energy providers in the state to demonstrate, by December of next year, a threshold level of "firming"— contract agreements in place to guarantee back-up power. The agreements serve as a sort of insurance policy for when the wind isn't blowing. Complete story »

February 11, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

North Dakota Senate rejects bill aimed at hiring local for energy projects

The North Dakota Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill aimed at encouraging developers of energy-related projects to hire local. Senators voted 40-7 along party lines against Senate Bill 2301, with Republicans opposing the measure. The bill would have required developers of projects such as wind farms and oil pipelines to report to the Public Service Commission details about where the workforce they hire resides. Sen. Donald Schaible, R-Mott, said that while the majority of lawmakers on the Senate Energy and . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Labor union seeks state’s help getting wind developers to hire local

Many Bakken workers have skills transferable to wind farm construction, but when some recently sought to help put up turbines in northwest North Dakota, they were frustrated that they were not hired, a labor union representative told lawmakers Thursday. “Every license plate coming through on these jobs was Minnesota, Texas, Oklahoma,” said Evan Whiteford, a marketing representative for Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 563. Companies involved in wind farm construction sometimes hire workers from other states who will . . . Complete story »

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