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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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.

Wind operator to pay $8M in pact over killing eagles

A leading wind farm operator has agreed to pay fines and other fees totaling just over $8 million, plus potentially spending millions of additional dollars, because its operations were linked to the deaths of at least 150 eagles over about a decade. Partly at issue was whether the energy producer should have applied for permits before its operations killed the birds, or if the business should have taken other actions. The legal case points up the fact that responsible wind . . . Complete story »

Energy company to pay up to $35 million after turbines killed eagles

An American wind energy company has admitted to killing at least 150 bald and golden eagles, most of which were fatally struck by wind turbine blades, federal prosecutors said. ESI Energy pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) after eagles died at three of its facilities in Wyoming and New Mexico, according to a statement from the Justice Department. The MBTA prohibits killing, capturing or transporting protected migratory bird species without a permit. . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2022 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

GF Co. Commission puts pause on wind farm applications

The Grand Forks County Commission has unanimously approved a moratorium of up to 90-days on wind farm applications in the county. Currently, the county has no wind farms, but a company called Whiskey Creek is inquiring about a potential site in western Grand Forks County. Some residents are concerned about noise from the wind turbines…and are asking the commission to change its policy, which says a turbine must be at least a quarter-mile away from a home. Some have proposed . . . Complete story »

US firm fined $8m after 150 eagles die at its wind farms

A US-based wind energy firm called ESI Energy, has been slapped with an $8m fine after at least 150 eagles died at its wind farms across eight states over the last 10 years. The company has also been given five years of probation. ESI Energy, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, has pleaded guilty to three counts of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The company acknowledged the deaths of golden and bald eagles since 2012 at its farms in Wyoming, . . . Complete story »

Renewables company pleads guilty, must pay $8 million for wind-turbine deaths of 150 eagles

A renewable-energy company subsidiary pleaded guilty on federal criminal charges Tuesday and ordered to pay $8 million in fines and restitution for killing more than 150 eagles at wind farms in eight states. In addition ESI Energy, a subsidiary of renewables giant NextEra Energy, received five years of probation on three counts of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act stemming from the deaths of nine eagles in wind farms in Wyoming and New Mexico. Golden and bald eagles at 50 . . . Complete story »

Wind energy company kills 150 eagles in US, pleads guilty

A subsidiary of one of the largest U.S. providers of renewable energy pleaded guilty to criminal charges and was ordered to pay over $8 million in fines and restitution after at least 150 eagles were killed at its wind farms in eight states, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. NextEra Energy subsidiary ESI Energy was also sentenced to five years probation after being charged with three counts of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act during a court appearance in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2022 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Basin Electric fells decommissioned wind turbine near Minot

The 154-ton wind tower hit the ground south of Minot with a loud boom as traffic whizzed by on nearby U.S. Highway 83 Monday. It was the planned and coordinated demolition of one of the oldest wind towers in North Dakota to feed the electrical grid.  A demolition crew from Minnesota began working Monday morning to set up cables and cut into the blue tower pedestal, using the “chop and drop” method to eventually bring the tower down like falling . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2022 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Basin Electric removes 2 of North Dakota’s first wind turbines

Two of North Dakota’s oldest wind turbines came down Monday. The turbines at Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Minot Wind facility are among the first in the state to stop operating. The co-op constructed them 20 years ago next to U.S. Highway 83 south of Minot. “The turbines are being taken down because they are at the end of their useful life, and parts and service are no longer available,” said Joe Fiedler, Basin Electric’s manager of distributed generation. “While it . . . Complete story »

March 10, 2022 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

North Dakota regulators fine Xcel for wind farm lighting delay

Xcel Energy has agreed to pay a $4,500 penalty for failing to meet the state’s deadline for operating light-mitigating technology on a wind farm north of Jamestown. The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved the fine Wednesday for the utility’s Courtenay Wind Farm in Stutsman County near the small town of Courtenay. Xcel missed the deadline by nine days, amounting to a fine of $500 per day. Two wind farms operated by other companies remain out of compliance with the . . . Complete story »

March 10, 2022 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Xcel Energy fined for being late on installing new wind farm lighting system

Xcel Energy has agreed to pay a $4500 fine because it missed the deadline for replacing the wind turbine lights at the Courtenay Wind Farm. The deadline to replace the existing blinking red lights with a radar-based “Aircraft Detection Lighting System” was Dec. 31st, 2021. Xcel had asked for an extension in mid-December, but the North Dakota Public Service Commission denied that request. Xcel filed a “status update” Dec. 31st, which said the ADLS system was installed. “But 63 tower . . . Complete story »

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