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ND's largest wind farm expanding

North Dakota's largest wind farm already has growth plans, state regulators said as they approved a shortened application period for siting 27 new wind turbines near Langdon. ...The commission approved the present wind farm's site plan, and its president, Susan Wefald, said regulators' familiarity with the area may help siting work for the expansion. "There is not a lot of new land that's going to be added," Wefald said. "A number of the turbines are going to be placed on land that has been sited already."

North Dakota's largest wind farm already has growth plans, state regulators said as they approved a shortened application period for siting 27 new wind turbines near Langdon.

The expansion represents a $73 million investment by FPL Energy LLC, of Juno Beach, Fla. The company plans to sell its 40 megawatts of output to Minnkota Power Cooperative of Grand Forks, North Dakota's Public Service Commission said.

The commission voted Wednesday to allow FPL Energy to submit its site plan after waiting one day, instead of one year. Commissioners will hold a hearing later on the company's plans to locate the wind towers about five miles southeast of Langdon, in North Dakota's northeastern corner.

FPL is already developing the Langdon Wind Center, which will have 106 turbines capable of generating 159 megawatts when it is completed in the next few months.

The commission approved the present wind farm's site plan, and its president, Susan Wefald, said regulators' familiarity with the area may help siting work for the expansion.

"There is not a lot of new land that's going to be added," Wefald said. "A number of the turbines are going to be placed on land that has been sited already."

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North Dakota's largest wind farm already has growth plans, state regulators said as they approved a shortened application period for siting 27 new wind turbines near Langdon.

The expansion represents a $73 million investment by FPL Energy LLC, of Juno Beach, Fla. The company plans to sell its 40 megawatts of output to Minnkota Power Cooperative of Grand Forks, North Dakota's Public Service Commission said.

The commission voted Wednesday to allow FPL Energy to submit its site plan after waiting one day, instead of one year. Commissioners will hold a hearing later on the company's plans to locate the wind towers about five miles southeast of Langdon, in North Dakota's northeastern corner.

FPL is already developing the Langdon Wind Center, which will have 106 turbines capable of generating 159 megawatts when it is completed in the next few months.

The commission approved the present wind farm's site plan, and its president, Susan Wefald, said regulators' familiarity with the area may help siting work for the expansion.

"There is not a lot of new land that's going to be added," Wefald said. "A number of the turbines are going to be placed on land that has been sited already."

Minnkota has already agreed to buy 99 megawatts of output from the wind farm as it was originally planned. Otter Tail Power Co., of Fergus Falls, Minn., has agreed to buy 19.5 megawatts, and the utility will own turbines producing another 40.5 megawatts.


Source: http://www.jamestownsun.com...

OCT 25 2007
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