www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c112+89?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZJudge sides with Xcel, throws out wind-farm suit.379672013-04-05T12:12:27Z2013-04-05T12:12:27ZU.S. District Judge Michael Davis dismissed a lawsuit filed by the developer of the 100-turbine Merricourt project, which remains unbuilt amid lingering fears that whooping cranes and piping plovers will be slashed to death by its turbine blades.DMI wind turbine plant closes in West Fargo; Buyer hasnâ€™t disclosed fate of facility.364822012-11-07T23:09:29Z2012-11-07T23:09:29ZVaux said the city is in contact with Dallas-based Trinity Industries, which recently purchased DMI from Otter Tail Corp., but he said Trinity officials are "holding their plans for this facility very close to the vest and have assured us they will let us know what those plans are when the time is appropriate."LM Wind Power to cut 345 jobs, blames industry downturn, lack of political support.361532012-09-26T12:22:01Z2012-09-26T12:22:01ZLM Wind Power, one of Grand Forks' largest manufacturers, announced Tuesday that it would lay off more than half of its workforce. The company cited a downturn in the wind power industry, largely connected to the failure of Congress to renew production tax credits. Local officials say they're assured LM isn't closing the plant here. Industry donations to ND Public Service Commission widespread.358222012-08-18T23:02:46Z2012-08-18T23:02:46ZNextEra energy needed approval for a wind farm. BNI Coal was facing penalties for environmental rules. The Arthur Companies needed a license for a grain elevator. All of them went before the North Dakota Public Service Commission to state their cases. Uncertain skies for wind energy industry.357852012-08-15T14:44:32Z2012-08-15T14:44:32ZMore than 800 jobs directly involving wind-energy manufacturing in North Dakota are at stake as an important tax incentive for renewable energy is set to expire at year's end. North Dakota's prairie winds waning.347542012-04-06T17:20:03Z2012-04-06T17:20:03ZThe state, often rated as having the greatest wind potential in the nation, now has about 1,400 megawatts of total wind capacity. ...But notices of intent for new wind farms have stalled since last fall and development has slowed in recent months.
Xcel fails to reach settlement with enXco on wind-farm lawsuit .345982012-03-20T23:20:27Z2012-03-20T23:20:27ZNearly two months of negotiations failed to settle a lawsuit against Xcel Energy over a stalled $400 million North Dakota wind farm, Xcel Energy said Tuesday, March 20.
Now Xcel is preparing for a trial, but the wind farm developer, enXco Development Corp., says it's still open to talks.
ND regulators reviewing $600M in wind projects.333012011-10-13T20:20:08Z2011-10-13T20:20:08ZThe state's wind energy development pace is accelerating because of next year's possible loss of a federal tax break for wind energy, and a requirement in neighboring Minnesota that utilities supply 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
Wind-power project for Merricourt area stalls.322112011-06-16T13:59:58Z2011-06-16T13:59:58ZIn PSC filings in 2008, enXco and Xcel were both part of the planned Merricourt Wind Farm. EnXco would develop and construct the wind farm while Xcel would purchase the resulting electricity. In April 2011, Xcel announced it was terminating the contract over unresolved issues.
Wind farm without buyer gets N.D. go-ahead.321252011-06-09T10:55:04Z2011-06-09T10:55:04ZEnXco President and CEO Tristan Grimbert said in an interview that his company still wants to build the project with Xcel's participation even though the two are suing each other over the termination. Xcel, former partner in wind farm project trade lawsuits.318972011-05-06T14:33:17Z2011-05-06T14:33:17ZXcel Energy is asking a federal district court in Minnesota to find that it had the right to terminate a $400 million wind farm development contract with its partner enXco.
enXco has counter-sued, asking for $245 millon in damages.
Questions over canceled wind farm.316402011-04-06T22:45:18Z2011-04-06T22:45:18ZThe decision to scrap the project apparently came as a surprise to enXco. Its parent company, EDF Energies Nouvelles of France, issued a statement Tuesday that disputed Xcel's reasons. It said that enXco would continue to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to mitigate threats to endangered species.Birds ground Xcel wind deal.316362011-04-06T20:39:55Z2011-04-06T20:39:55ZOn the plains of North Dakota, two rare birds have sparked an unusual fight between giant energy companies that have long worked as partners.
The battle erupted over the endangered whooping crane, which migrates through the state, and the piping plover, a threatened species on the northern plains.
Wind developer disputes N.D. project termination.316312011-04-05T21:23:12Z2011-04-05T21:23:12ZThe project's developer, enXco, said Tuesday that it disputes Xcel's canceling of the project because of threats to two endangered birds.
In a statement released by its French parent company, enXco said it intended to fight the termination of the 150-megawatt Merricourt Wind Project announced last week by Xcel.
DMI sues supplier for breach of contract.313432011-03-05T23:10:33Z2011-03-05T23:10:33ZIn a civil complaint filed Thursday in Fargo's U.S. District Court, DMI Industries Inc. claims it was out $5.4 million after the company lost business and incurred higher costs when its Delaware-based supplier failed to make good on an urgent order.
Wind power development slow down in ND.307642011-01-14T14:42:01Z2011-01-14T14:42:01ZWe`ve gotten used to seeing giant wind turbine blades moving across the state. And we`ve been watching the ever-changing landscape as those new wind farms pop up.
But the pace might be slowing down rapidly.
LM Wind Power to lay off 150 workers at GF facility.307562011-01-13T13:12:38Z2011-01-13T13:12:38ZLM Wind Power will lay off about 150 workers at its Grand Forks manufacturing facility, the company announced Wednesday.
According to a news release, the company is responding to the "dramatic reduction" in wind turbine installations in the U.S. in 2010 and "prolonged uncertainty" around government support for the renewable energy sector.
Wind turbine company changes its mind about building in Bismarck.307432011-01-11T03:19:48Z2011-01-11T03:19:48ZNorth Dakota is still losing businesses from time to time. This week, Schuff Steel announced it would not be building a wind tower manufacturing plant at the Northern Plains Commerce Center.
The wind energy market has experienced a 70% decline since reaching historic high levels in 2009, lowering the demand for conventional tube wind towers.
Feds propose fine after LM Wind Power worker's death.305542010-12-29T14:43:15Z2010-12-29T14:43:15ZThe Occupational Safety and Health Administratin's investigation came after Joseph Francis Schaff, 42, East Grand Forks, was pinned between two pieces of heavy machinery in July and, subsequently, died of his injuries.
Company hopes to reduce turbine number for bison wind farm.299112010-11-13T11:34:24Z2010-11-13T11:34:24ZBut the PSC isn`t completely sold yet. Commissioners agreed to issue a Notice of Opportunity, meaning North Dakotans can ask the PSC to hold a public hearing on the company`s change request.
If no one requests one, the PSC can act on the company`s request.