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The announcement that Coal Creek Station would shut down in 2022 sent shudders throughout North Dakota coal country — and sparked what wind energy advocates say is a misguided backlash against wind.
“I continue to believe America is over-saturating our electric grid with intermittent energy at the expense of baseload energy,” said Commissioner Randy Christmann. “But this is a siting case that must be decided based on the law in North Dakota’s Siting Act, as written by the Legislature, and this project meets the requirements of the Siting Act.”
LM has about 880 employees who work in shifts of about 100 to 150 people, Weiser said. Many of the workers are immigrants or former refugees from African countries, officials from the state's resettlement agency said Thursday. LM spokesman Tim Brown said the plant will remain closed indefinitely.
MINOT, N.D. — On three recent occasions, our regional power grid nearly ran out of power.
Otter Tail Power’s North Dakota residential customers will see an extra charge on their monthly bills next month. For an average customer, it will be $4.01. The reason: It was the method approved by the North Dakota Public Service Commission to take into account the Production Tax Credit for the Merricourt Wind Farm,
State regulators rejected a permit Wednesday for a proposed wind farm in Ward and McLean counties that faced difficulties complying with a 2017 state law requiring new technology to stop turbine-topping lights from blinking bright red all night. The Public Service Commission, in a 1-2 vote, failed to approve Southern Power’s Ruso Wind project, though commissioners left open the option of reconsidering it down the road.
The owners of a wind farm near Valley City want to re-power the existing farm, by installing larger turbines and bigger blades. But the North Dakota Public Service Commission isn’t yet ready to give it the go-ahead.
BISMARCK — Division over a once-proposed wind farm has led some township residents in Burleigh County to petition the recall of township officers, in what might be the first such recall in North Dakota.
MINOT, N.D. – The company behind a proposed wind energy project in North Dakota struck down by state regulators earlier this year says it intends to submit a new project application in the fall.
A company that planned to revive a large wind farm in northwest North Dakota is pulling back for now. ...NextEra acquired the former Hartland project and had conducted wind monitoring in and near the gooseneck of Ward County as well as in Mountrail and Renville counties. The company also had initiated lease opportunities with landowners.
Pozarnsky and his wife, Marie, who live about six miles from the project, provided the only opposition. Marie Pozarnsky listed a number of birds and wildlife that would be adversely affected by more wind turbines. “Minimizing the impact doesn’t negate the impact. What’s an acceptable impact?” she asked.
The Public Service Commission on June 12 denied a permit by Burke Wind LLC, to construct a 22,933-acre wind energy conversion facility in Burke County. The highly debated topic has been a buzz around the county for two years as NextEra Energy set up shop in Bowbells in March 2017 and began negotiating deals with area landowners.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission heard testimony in Minot Monday on a proposed wind farm near the town of Ruso.
Morgan Berry testified first in the hearing- laying out his company’s plans for the quarter-billion dollar project. He said close to 200 skilled workers would be hired to do the construction over about one year. And he said the company would continue to adjust the project based on any valid concerns. Although one potential problem remains unresolved. The Air Force sent a letter just this month warning of…(Zachary Pelham, PSC Attorney) “”Adverse impacts on helicopter flight missions, missile launch operations, and weather radar NexRad operations conducted by the US Air Force.”
A controversial wind farm proposal is moving after a new developer purchased the project. A spokesperson for NextEra Energy Resources said the company intends for the 70-turbine project to be in Emmons and/or Logan counties ...No exact location has yet been determined for the project, however.
"We've done something in the state of North Dakota that's never been done before, as far as the consolidation of people the project itself with all the strikes against it also hurt it as well." Said Buntrock. PNE later filed a suit claiming some of the testimony was incorrect or misleading and could have swayed the commission's vote. But in a surprising move, the suit was dropped without reason in late April
Magrum questioned why Brandenburg, a wind energy advocate, was speaking at an Emmons County hearing when he lives in LaMoure County. Both lawmakers represent District 28, which covers a wide area of south-central North Dakota, including all of Emmons County and part of LaMoure County. "I just have a problem with legislators being lobbyists," Magrum said. "He wasn't representing county residents. That was a meeting for residents of the county."
A family near the North and South Dakota border says a recent incident involving a helicopter caused a stampede on their land, and they want justice.
Ray Ziegler, director of the Burleigh County Building/Planning/Zoning Department, said county officials received word that the court appeal was dismissed, but did not have any other information. NextEra would be required to submit a new application for the project, Ziegler said.
Turbines across North Dakota shut down at times in the last week of January due to some of the coldest temperatures the area had seen since the mid-1990s. Wind power levels dropped significantly, more than experts anticipated. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and others seized on the mid-winter lapse in wind power to criticize the Green New Deal, a policy proposal to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change. Cramer called the proposal "a fantasy." ...“What it did in my mind is it exposed a real vulnerability that we’ve often talked about over the years … of intermittent electric generation,” he said of the turbines shutting down.