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PSC denies Burke wind farm

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.
18 Jun 2019

PSC considers Ward County wind project

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.”
17 Jun 2019

The wind industry’s arrogance comes around to bite them as the Public Service Commission says a rare “No”

This was a very large project, covering some 23,000 acres with 76 wind turbines, and both the North Dakota Game & Fish Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were critical of it for its potential impacts on wildlife. Birds, in particular. The three-member, all-Republican commission rejected the permit for the project because they didn’t feel NextEra had demonstrated that they’d do enough to mitigate wildlife impacts.
12 Jun 2019

Citing wildlife impacts, North Dakota regulators deny siting permit for Burke County wind farm

Regulatory filings showed federal and state agencies charged with protecting wildlife have long been concerned with the proposed wind farm's location. A North Dakota Game and Fish Department official said upon first hearing about the project in 2016, agency staff indicated the developer "could not have picked a worse spot in the state."
12 Jun 2019

Proposed Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm to move

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. 
23 May 2019

Wind farm battle may be nearing the end

"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 
9 May 2019

North Dakota lawmaker lashes out against fellow legislator in meeting over wind turbines

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."
9 May 2019

Extreme cold shuts down North Dakota wind farms, energizing debate on their reliability

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.
10 Mar 2019

Public Service Commission approves Emmons-Logan wind farm

The North Dakota Public Service Commission issued a siting permit on Wednesday for the Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center, granting approval for as many as 123 wind turbines northeast of Linton. The project by NextEra Energy Resources will have a capacity of about 298 megawatts and will include a 6.85-mile transmission line in Emmons County.
7 Feb 2019

Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm developer files court appeal

Pure New Energy USA, the company proposing to develop the controversial Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm, filed an appeal to the South Central Judicial District Court on Friday, challenging the Burleigh County Commission’s recent decision to deny 30 special use permits for the project. According to the notice of appeal, PNE argues it “met any and all requirements for issuance of the subject permits and the board should not have denied its applications.”
5 Feb 2019

Permit denied for Burleigh-Emmons wind project

The Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-3 late Wednesday to deny a permit for the proposed Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm, following a four-hour meeting with passionate testimony from both sides. More than 500 citizens attended the rescheduled public hearing, with more than half wearing a shade of red, representing opposition to the project.
6 Dec 2018

Who owns the view? North Dakotans tangle over proposed wind project.

Do rural Americans have a say in what they see outside their dining-room windows, even if that view extends miles beyond their property lines? It’s a more profound debate than it might seem, having as much to do with the future of farming communities and land values as it does with aesthetics. And for the wind industry, it poses a sharp challenge. As turbines get ever bigger and more visible as they spread across rural areas, they become more controversial, threatening the industry’s growth.
4 Dec 2018

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