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It`s not as strong as some North Dakota House members would like it. But representatives have approved a new set of rules that wind developers have to follow when negotiating land-use leases with property owners.
An energy developer has silenced an attorney who supports a ban on confidentiality agreements in wind leases by complaining to the Nevada utility that employs her, the lawyer's mother says. ...In its present form, the legislation would bar wind companies from requiring landowners to keep silent about the details of their contracts with wind developers.
Wind tower maker DMI Industries Inc., says it has cut 100 more workers due to declining demand from customers. DMI spokeswoman Belinda Forknell said Tuesday that the latest cuts, along with 60 cuts made in January, leave about 200 people working at the West Fargo plant.
The howling prairie gales that blow almost continually across this flat and empty state could, it has been estimated, light up a quarter of America. If there was one industry whose bright future looked assured, it was green energy, and particularly wind, which is widely regarded as the most promising alternative to fossil fuels. However, just as its fortunes soared last year, so they are on the wane now.
A British consultancy has been hired to prospect for European companies willing to build wind turbines or supply parts for them in North Dakota, a state official says. The seven-month, $28,000 contract with Deyton Bell Ltd., of Cambridge, England, is intended to develop business leads for North Dakota officials to follow up, said Shane Goettle, director of the state Department of Commerce.
The Stutsman County Commission heard information from one of the leading wind farm developers in the nation during its regular meeting Tuesday. ...A principle point of contention in the proposed Stutsman County wind zoning ordinance is a requirement that all wind turbines be set back a distance of five rotor diameters from property lines unless neighboring property owners have signed waivers.
A Colorado company with backers in Britain has leased more than 5,000 acres in northwestern North Dakota to mine salt and store wind. Denver-based Dakota Salts LLC says it wants to use voids created by mining in Burke County to store compressed air to be sold to wind farms to generate electricity. The mining caverns also could store carbon dioxide from North Dakota's coal-burning power plants or natural gas from the state's oil fields, the company said.
Wind tower manufacturer DMI Industries says it is cutting about 20 percent of its work force due to declining demand from developers struggling to get financing for wind projects. About 60 people at the company's West Fargo plant will lose their jobs. Monday's announcement came six months after Fargo-based DMI announced a major expansion to add 350 jobs plants in West Fargo and Oklahoma. The cuts will be spread across DMI's three sites in West Fargo, Tulsa, Okla., and Fort Erie, Ontario.
A representative from the energy company that built the Peak Road wind farm asked the Barnes County Commission for permission to run some heavy loads over the road next spring. ...FPL in North Dakota will receive deliveries of wind tower components originally intended for other states, and needs a place to store them until new project locations are chosen.
A wind turbine blade maker in Grand Forks is bracing for a slowdown in production in 2009. LM Glasfiber Plant Manager Bill Burga says the Lunderskov, Denmark-based company has told him to prepare for a slowdown and possible layoffs.
The transmission project "will likely require more than 1,000 miles (1,610 km) of new extra-high voltage transmission lines at a cost of between $5 billion and $10 billion," AEP said. The Midwest Independent System Operator, which manages transmission lines in the region, must approve the project. The new lines would connect 2,000 megawatts of wind power in Hartland Wind Farm project in North Dakota, near the western terminus of the proposed lines, AEP said.
Landowners from the Strasburg area interested in a proposed wind farm gathered at the Strasburg School gym Monday, Oct. 6, to receive an update from Just-Wind President and founder Jeff Metzger of Mound, Minn. Several landowners signed up to be included with others who had previously signed their land into the project. A map was displayed of the Strasburg project area that showed which land was committed and which was not. Metzger encouraged those who have signed leases to contact uncommitted landowners.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission has filed a complaint that Tatanka Wind Farm changed the location of some transmission towers without notifying the commission. A possible fine of up to $200,000 is by no means a certainty. "We are just putting the company on alert that our staff is concerned about this," commission President Susan Wefald told the American News on Wednesday.
Construction on a new 149-megawatt wind farm in north central North Dakota should begin this fall, a company spokesman said, almost three years after state regulators approved the project's location north of Rugby. The Public Service Commission voted Wednesday to reissue siting certificates for the Pierce County project to Iberdrola Renewables Inc., a unit of Iberdrola Renewables S.A. of Madrid. The commissioners first approved the certificates in October 2005. The wind farm was initially developed by PPM Energy Inc. of Portland, Ore.
North Dakota regulators are planning for two large new wind energy projects, costing an estimated $2.3 billion, that should be capable of generating up to 1,150 megawatts of electricity. The state Public Service Commission on Wednesday formally accepted letters of intent from FPL Energy LLC, of Juno Beach, Fla., to build a 1,000-megawatt wind farm in west central North Dakota and a 150-megawatt project in Dickey County, in the southeastern part of the state.
North Dakota's biggest wind developer is proposing a $2 billion wind turbine farm in the west-central part of the state. It would be capable of generating 1,000 megawatts of electricity. FPL Energy wants to build the wind farm over 250 square miles in Oliver and Morton counties. Its 667 wind turbines would be located in a region of North Dakota that is better known for coal mining and coal-fueled power plants.
North Dakota regulators have granted Otter Tail Power Company`s request for a special charge to cover the utility`s investment in wind energy. Otter Tail owns part of a new wind farm south of Langdon in northeastern North Dakota. Otter Tail gets 40-and-one-half megawatts of the wind farm`s output. It`s capable of generating 159 megawatts of electricity. Otter Tail asked for a special renewable energy charge to cover its North Dakota wind energy development expenses.
Over 100 people turned out for a wind farm development meeting in Strasburg Thursday night to learn about Just Wind's plans for the area. Jeffrey L. Metzger, Just Wind's Chief Manager, of Mound, Minn., reported on the project which could involve 400 wind generators spread across 64,000 acres in southwestern Emmons County (primarily west of Strasburg). Estimated cost of the project is roughly $1 billion based on the $3.7 million cost per turbine. ...Metzger said the Strasburg operation would be the nation's largest community-owned wind farm.
A previously announced wind power project in southwestern North Dakota around Gascoyne has grown to possibly include an area near New England and Elgin. Ryan Segley, project manager for Crownbutte Wind Power LLC, said the company is currently waiting to see if there is enough room on transmission lines in the southwestern part of the state for the energy generated by the wind turbines. "We're waiting for the queue process to see if they can get us on the transmission lines down there," Segley said.
As wind energy developers and state officials shot the breeze inside a tent late Wednesday morning, wind turbines surrounding the Langdon (N.D.) Wind Energy Center were producing some 10 megawatts of energy ...That was a lull, really, in terms of energy output at the very hour the 106-turbine, $250 million facility was being dedicated. At full capacity, the 159-megawatt Langdon wind farm is capable of powering about 39,750 homes — equal to, for example, the number of houses in Grand Forks, Traill, Walsh, Cavalier and Pembina counties. By the end of the year, the facility will expand by another 27 wind turbines and 40 megawatts of power.