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In 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.
EnXco 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 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.
The 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.
On 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.
The 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.
In 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.
We`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 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.
North 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.
The 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.
But 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.
Company officials said they wanted the mapping process moved from the special use permit phase to the building permit stage. Commission Chairman Mark Armstrong said the county policy is modeled after the Public Service Commission policy but is stricter in some setback wording for - 1,753 for the county's and 1,400 for the PSC.
According to Clark, the recession has reduced demand for energy. At the same time, over the past few years new capacity in wind and other forms of generation grew so energy providers need to wait for demand to catch up with supply again.
Otter Tail Power Co.'s North Dakota customers will see higher electric bills as the utility adds more wind power to its energy sources, state regulators say. Beginning Sept. 1, a separate charge assessed to ratepayers to pay for Otter Tail wind energy projects will increase the monthly bill by almost $1.40 for a residential customer.
The Public Service Commission Wednesday approved Baldwin Wind's application to build another wind farm near Wilton in northern Burleigh County. The 64-turbine wind farm has few hurdles left to cross.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission took testimony concerning a sighting application for the Ashtabula III wind farm north of Valley City Tuesday. If approved, construction could start on the 43-turbine, $140-million project by Sept. 1. ...A PSC ruling is anticipated in late July or early August.
Minnesota Power held a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday in North Dakota to kick off construction of its first wholly owned wind farm in North Dakota.
Baldwin Wind's plans to build another wind farm in northern Burleigh County got mixed reviews from nearby residents at a formal hearing for the company before the Public Service Commission. ..."There has become an atmosphere of resentment among everybody. You're either for it [the wind project] or against it," Miller said, adding the tide is turning against those who ask questions about wind development. "But now the attitude is becoming, ‘succumb, or else.'"
Vern Spitzer enjoys the view from his farm near Baldwin. "There`s something to say about our landscape in North dakota," he said. "Clear open views and the prairie." But Vern is concerned that view will become cluttered as more and more wind farms are approved.