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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.
The company is planning for the wind farm to have 115 turbines location and generate 250 megawatts of power. Makee did not give the proposed location for the wind farm, other than it would be in northern Billings County.
No one could deny the addition of jobs wasn't a positive. However, residents were able to voice their concerns on a number of other issues, including the noise of the blades, the aesthetic of the towers, the damage to the soil from the concrete foundations, the impact on wildlife and the increase in electric costs, among other things.
The Hettinger County Commission approved the proposed wind farm on April 8. Now the weight of the decision rests on the PSC. The first phase of the project had much opposition along with proponent comments at a March PSC hearing.
A work session followed the special meeting as the PSC continued discussing the 15-hour meeting so they could move closer to reaching a conclusion as to whether the proposed wind farm is in compliance with laws and regulations. The public has 10 days to make comment or cross-examine new exhibits admitted to the record Friday.
The first wind farm hasn’t yet been built – but the developers of the Brady wind farm in Stark and Hettinger counties have proposed a second wind farm for that same area. ...The North Dakota Public Service Commission is requiring the developer to submit the proposed locations for the wind turbines at least 30 days before the public hearing.