A North Dakota Public Service Commission public hearing in Ashley regarding a proposal for revisions to the Merricourt Wind Power Project has been rescheduled. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 at the Ashley City Hall, 113 1st St. NW, in Ashley. The hearing was originally scheduled to be held Monday.
EDF Renewable Development Inc. (formerly enXco Development Corp.) received approval from the PSC for the site permit in June 2011, which is valid for four years. The original permit authorized construction of the 150 megawatt wind project consisting of up to 100 GE 1.5-megawatt turbines. The company is now requesting a revision to that permit and is instead planning on using 75 Vestas 2-megawatt turbines. The proposed revisions will also reduce the project area from 22,457 acres to 10,960 acres.
The project would straddle McIntosh and Dickey counties in southeastern North Dakota. The project would also include approximately 29 miles of access roads and approximately 37 miles of underground electrical collector cables.
People with concerns, questions or support for the project are encouraged to attend the hearing and present the information. Information received after the hearing will not be part of the official record and cannot be used as a basis for the commission’s decision unless certain additional procedures are followed. The hearing schedule provides for the company to present its case and answer questions from the commissioners first, after which the commission will take comments from other parties and the public.