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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.
The company is asking for the opportunity to submit expert testimony and other evidence to respond to what PNE calls “inaccurate, false and/or misleading information” presented during the four-hour public hearing that attracted more than 500 people.
“We should always prioritize the needs of North Dakota citizens over arbitrary political preferences of regulators from outside jurisdictions. Like an out-of-control Black Friday shopper, the only justification for this massive additional spending spree is that the price is right" -- Randy Christmann, Public Service Commission Chairman
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.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing in Linton on Friday, Dec. 7, regarding a proposal to construct a wind farm and associated electric transmission line in Emmons and Logan counties. NextEra Energy Resources has submitted applications for permits for the Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center, capacity of approximately 298.1 megawatts and up to 123 wind turbines.
More than 150 citizens filled three rooms of the venue Wednesday night during a meeting that was initially delayed 45 minutes while commissioners tried to figure out how to properly accommodate all the people who showed up to make their voices heard on the project. After two failed attempts at broadcasting the meeting, which was held in the Tom Baker Meeting Room with police presence, into the two overflow rooms, commissioners made the decision to reschedule the public hearing.
Morton Township may not have the most people in it, but many of those who live here have come out in force against a proposal by Pure New Energy to erect over 70 wind turbines across southern Burleigh County and into Emmons County, southeast of Bismarck…there's even a Facebook group against the project.
The program will allow a landowner or tenant who is dissatisfied by the response of a wind energy company related to reclamation of their property to work with a Department of Agriculture ombudsman. The ombudsman can then evaluate the site, contact the wind company and work to resolve the issues in a timely manner.
North Dakota utility regulators recently approved one company’s plans for removing wind turbines and restoring the land, a step that aims to protect the landscape for future generations.
The department wants to use voluntary guidelines it’s formulating to draw wind companies away from erecting turbines and building roads in wildlife habitat areas. Game and Fish also wants to encourage companies to develop projects to restore or reconstruct habitat elsewhere.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission is requiring wind farms such as this one in Morton County to upgrade to light-mitigating technology, but the Federal Aviation Administration has not yet approved the technology.
Initially, a 4-year permit may have seemed like plenty of time to begin work on a wind farm project in Mercer County. But in April 2018, as the 4-year deadline swiftly approaches its close with nothing done, an extension became the subject of debate.
Nextera Energy Resources, told the Ward County Commission Tuesday that the company is considering a 300-megawatt wind farm, consisting of about 150 turbines. The location is the former Hartland wind farm area that had proposed to encompass part of Ward, Mountrail and Burke counties.
BISMARCK—A North Dakota regulator expects a decision on the final state permit for a wind farm northeast of Valley City to come by the end of the summer.
So when do taxpayers blow off wind energy and demand that it stands on its own? When do we have a say in how much of the cost of a wind farm we're willing to bear? When do we demand more transparency on how much wind energy is raising our electric rates?
“We want to respond very clearly,” the lawmakers wrote. “There are NO TRADITIONAL electric generation sources being developed or even planned in North Dakota, due to the last administration’s efforts to regulate fossil fuels out of existence, and primarily because of the PTC.”
Northern Plains Electric Cooperative system engineer Ashten Dewald said the advice she gives people interested in installing a solar system is to look at the costs and benefits. “If you want to be eco-friendly and install solar panels for that reason, great, but at this point, it’s not really justifiable with the low cost of North Dakota energy,” Dewald said.
Stoltz said wind's production possibility is the least during winter and summer when electricity is needed the most and the wind blows the least... The energy source that carries the baseload of the energy grid need is coal.
Commissioner Randy Christmann said when he first saw plans for the project and how close it was to housing developments and prime development property, "I thought this was going to be a riot." But he and other commissioners commended the Morton County Commission for how it addressed setbacks and other concerns.
Commissioner chairwoman Julie Fedorchak urged counties to make sure ordinances are in place for wind facilities before developers approach them with projects. Under Morton County’s standards, the Oliver III turbines will be set back at least 1,400 feet from occupied homes and 679 feet from the property lines of non-participating landowners.