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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.

January 15, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Hurricane-force winds cause damage, power outages in western North Dakota

Gusts also toppled the wind turbine that has helped power the main building of the Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College in New Town for the past five years. President Twyla Baker lives about 250 yards from the structure, and the wind noise kept her awake at times during the night. "It sounded like a helicopter was trying to land in my parking spot over and over again," she said. Around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, she heard a crash but couldn't see what had happened due to blowing snow outside her window. "I assume one of the guy wires snapped," she said. Later that morning, she found the turbine on the ground, its blades shattered and a nearby fence damaged during the collapse. Complete story »

January 11, 2021 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

North Dakota coal country backlash against wind energy is misguided, wind advocates say

Ladd Erickson, the McLean County state's attorney and a local leader in efforts to save Coal Creek Station, said the claimed economic benefits of wind farms are misleading. The vast majority of investment dollars for a wind farm go to turbine manufacturers, not the local community, he said. Also, most of those getting the lease payments — 75% or more — are absentee landowners, so the money doesn't help the local economy, Erickson said. Complete story »

December 27, 2020 • North Dakota, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Port: Is the wind industry as financially solvent as they claim?

The implications are larger than you may realize. Every one-year renewal allows the wind industry to initiate projects that will enjoy government support for years and years into the future. Complete story »

December 12, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms weigh in on technology to ease blinking red lights at night

Companies that operate wind farms in North Dakota say they’re working on tweaks to make sure tractors and migrating birds don’t inadvertently set off the lights atop wind turbines at night. Under state law, newer wind farms had to install technology by the start of 2020 to mitigate the lights so that they don’t cause an eyesore by blinking bright red all night. The operators have put in radar-based systems meant to keep the lights off unless an aircraft flies . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC to hold meeting over wind farm light mitigation technology

The Public Service Commission will be hearing from owners and operators of wind turbines as to how new lighting systems are – or aren’t working. The turbine towers used to come with blinking red lights, that stayed on all day and night. But some people who live around those wind farms complained – and the Legislature passed a bill requiring the operators to find alternative systems, that would turn the lights on only when an aircraft is in the area. . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Tioga turbine damage under investigation

The safety and durability of wind turbines in North Dakota are being questioned following an incident late last month in Williams County. It doesn’t take an expert to realize North Dakota is a windy state. At times, the winds can be extreme, and in a state that is one of the leaders in wind energy, how safe are those towering turbines? Late last month, a viewer sent us a video of a turbine apparently damaged by strong winds on Oct. . . . Complete story »

September 30, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Planning and Zoning, landowners debate wind farm permit length

Gradually, the proposed Mercer County ordinance governing wind power (and, eventually, other renewable energy sources) is taking shape. But there is a lot of discussion on the specifics within the ordinance, especially as two landowners who own property within Capital Power’s proposed “Garrison Butte Wind Farm” project attended the latest planning and zoning meeting, seeking clarifications and asking questions. Complete story »

September 10, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Cass commissioners hear proposal for county’s first wind farm

FARGO – The Cass County Commission heard a proposal Tuesday, Sept. 8, for what could be the county’s first wind farm. The proposed project comes from Invenergy, a Chicago-based renewable energy company that is hoping to build a new wind farm close to the Ayr and Buffalo townships near the western edge of Cass County. In the company’s presentation, Dan Litchfield, director of renewable development at Invenergy, said the project would create 150 temporary construction jobs amounting to a $58 million . . . Complete story »

August 30, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Who will use Coal Creek Station’s massive transmission line?

Nearly five months after Great River Energy announced it plans to close Coal Creek Station, it’s unknown who will make use of the transmission line that extends from the power plant to Minnesota. The high-voltage direct current line, which underwent a $130 million upgrade in recent years, is a major piece of infrastructure on par with the scale of the Dakota Access Pipeline, said John Weeda, director of the North Dakota Transmission Authority, which is an arm of the state’s . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Morton County wind farm could be built by end of 2022

Project manager Jeffrey Bryce recently updated the Morton County Commission about the work the company has done to promote the project to landowners. He also presented a projected timeline for the project. The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented NextEra from holding in-person meetings with landowners. The company has been reaching out to landowners and holding open house meetings online. NextEra also will be sending out mailers with employee contact information for landowners who would like to learn more about the project. . . . Complete story »

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