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Category Archive: Renewables

  1. Stutsman County Wind Farm Delayed Until 2015

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    Officials from Geronimo Energy say that a wind farm planned for Stutsman County is delayed until 2015 due to difficulty in completing engineering studies needed for connection to the national electrical grid. The proposed 200 MW Courtenay Wind Farm is planned to include 100 wind turbines. The project received the largest single project construction permit issued by the North Dakota Public Service Commission. Read more in Prairie Business Magazine.

  2. Bright Future for Bio-Industry

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    North Dakota State University hosted the Future of the Bio-Industry Action Summit last week, and presenters showcased growing potential for bio-based products and industries.  Fargo consultant Neil Doty told the audience that 40 percent of North Dakota’s corn crop is currently used in ethanol production.  Doty noted that the global market for fermented products from corn is more than $22 billion.  Retired USDA Economist Marv Duncan said that for the bio-products industry to be successful, it must meet the test of “price, performance and measurable environmental benefits.”  Read more in the Grand Forks Herald.

     

  3. ND Alliance for Renewable Energy Elects Officers

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    The North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy has re-elected Kim Christianson, Bismarck, to another term as President.  Ken Hellevang and Warren Enyart were also re-elected to their posts as Vice-President and Secretary, respectively.  In addition to officer elections, NDARE has retained Riverwind Consulting, West Fargo, to provide staffing services for the organization.  Read more on NDARE’s website.

     

  4. Biodiesel Production Helps Soybean Farmers’ Revenues

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    Biodiesel production is adding value to the bottom line for soybean farmers, contributing an extra $0.74 per bushel between 2006-2012.  Soybean check-off boards in Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota recently commissioned the study to help determine the impact of biodiesel production in the US and found that the biodiesel industry is contributing an additional $15 billion in soybean revenues for producers.  2013 was a record-breaking year for US biodiesel production, with 1.36 billion gallons of biodiesel produced.  Read more in Farm & Ranch Guide.

     

  5. Hearing Set on Proposed Wind Project

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    A proposed 110-MW wind project planned near Glen Ullin, Hebron and Richardton will be reviewed at a Public Service Commission (PSC) hearing in Hebron next week.  The project developer, Infinity Wind Power, will make a presentation at the hearing, followed by questions from the PSC and the public.  If approved by the PSC, construction will begin on the project in 2015.  Read more in Prairie Business.

     

  6. New wind farm to sell power to MDU

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    The Thunder Spirit Wind LLC, has signed an agreement with Montana-Dakota Utilities to sell power to the utility for the next 25 years. The wind farm will be located in Adams County in southwestern North Dakota. When complete, Thunder Spirit will be composed of 75 turbines and will cost roughly $300 million. Construction on the project should be wrapped up by 2015. Read more about the wind farm here, and see the full article on the agreement with MDU here.

  7. Wind farm being reviewed by the Public Service Commission

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    The Public Service Commission (PSC) recently held a formal hearing on a new wind project, to potentially be built in Adams County. The project, Thunder Spirit Wind Energy, would be spread out over a 42 square mile area, and would produce 150 megawatts. There are still several challenges facing the project, including possible interference with air traffic at the Hettinger airport and nesting areas for sage grouse and also golden eagles. It will be several weeks before the PSC will reach a decision. Read the rest of the article in the Bismarck Tribune.