Articles filed under General from North Dakota

New wind farm in North Dakota

FPL Energy announced plans to submit a proposal for a large wind farm in Cavalier County, North Dakota. The proposal was mentioned in Gov. John Hoeven’s address to the state legislature Wednesday, the Grand Forks Herald reported. The application will be for a 160 megawatt wind farm, according to the North Dakota Public Service Commission.
5 Jan 2007

Legislators focus on oil, coal, ethanol, wind

Other renewable energy legislation is in the wind, now that North Dakota's wind energy development is firmly established with commercial wind farms in Burleigh and Oliver counties in this region and others elsewhere in the state. The North Dakota Renewable Energy Partnership has outlined a concept to restore wind farm siting authority to the Public Service Commission for wind projects of more than 20 megawatts. The oversight would include the issues of landowner compensation and perimeter setbacks. The PCS's authority was stripped of anything under 100 megawatts in the last session.
31 Dec 2006

Power line may help wind farms

A company that is planning a wind power project across the North Dakota-South Dakota border wants to construct a 10-mile power line to connect the turbines to North Dakota’s electrical grid, state regulators say. The Public Service Commission on Wednesday accepted Tatanka Wind Power LLC’s letter of intent to build the Dickey County power line, which the company hopes to begin constructing in March. Company filings estimate the project’s cost at $7.3 million.
26 Oct 2006

Wind Energy: Economic developers oppose City 20/20

Economic development officials in Grand Forks and Fargo agreed this week to oppose the City 20/20 renewable energy initiative, which has also come under fire from elected leaders. In a joint resolution, the Grand Forks Region and Greater Fargo Moorhead economic development corporations said they support the growth of the renewable energy industry but prefer that it come about by market forces or federal incentives. "The bottom line for us is we don't think it should be mandated locally," said Grand Forks EDC president Klaus Thiessen.
21 Oct 2006

Poll shows backing for renewable energy initiatives

North Dakotans strongly favor higher electric bills and mandates for ethanol-blended fuel and biodiesel to support renewable energy, says a poll commissioned by the industry's backers.... The poll was conducted by the University of North Dakota's Bureau of Governmental Affairs, using telephone interviews with 600 North Dakota residents. They were conducted from June 13 to July 12. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
14 Sep 2006

North Dakota Wind Energy

If you think that North Dakota is one of the windiest states in the nation, you`re right. A study proves it. And with the encouragement of that Department of Energy study, the wind industry in the state is growing.
8 Sep 2006

How Wind Energy Works

"Obviously there has to be a backup system because sometimes the wind just doesn`t blow or it`s very calm. There`s always a need for that baseline electricity," says Kim Christianson with the North Dakota Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.
6 Sep 2006

Renewable energy measure headed for vote in Fargo - Power sources include solar, wind, biomass, liquid fuels, geothermal and hydrogen

FARGO - A requirement that at least 20 percent of electricity sold in this city come from renewable energy sources by the year 2020 is headed for a vote in November. Representatives of the South Agassiz Resource Council have turned in 3,677 signatures to the city auditor's office to get the issue on the Nov. 7 election ballot. About 2,850 signatures were needed, Auditor Steve Sprague told city commissioners in a memo.
26 Aug 2006

PSC allows wind farm transmission line, pipeline pumps

Separately, the commission on Wednesday gave regulatory approval for FPL Energy to build an electric substation and 532-foot stretch of new power line in Oliver County. The utility is developing a wind turbine farm near Center. When completed, the wind development will use 22 turbines to generate 50 megawatts of electricity, which is being sold to Minnesota Power of Duluth. The power line and substation are needed to transmit the energy east, Commissioner Susan Wefald said.
24 Aug 2006

New upgrade to state's power grid proposed

ST. PAUL, Minn. - An upgrade of the state's power grid would include a $600 million high-voltage transmission line from the South Dakota border to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area - and that's just part of the plan proposed by a coalition of utility companies. The plan also calls for a second high-voltage line from Fargo, N.D., to the St. Cloud area, a third line from the Minneapolis-area to Rochester and then to La Crosse, Wis., and a smaller fourth line in the Bemidji area.
10 Jun 2006

Wind towers near Minot need fixing

MINOT, N.D. Wind towers south of here are undergoing repairs. The wind generators on the east side of U.S. Highway 83, about 10 miles south of Minot, have not been spinning to produce electricity for the last couple of months. Crews have been working to replace gear boxes.
8 Feb 2006

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