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Category Archive: Wind

  1. PSC Requiring Bonds for Wind Farm Reclamation

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    North Dakota’s Public Service Commission (PSC) voted this week to require a 10-year old wind farm to purchase a bond to cover reclamation costs at their wind project in Dickey County.  Last year, the PSC sent letters to the owners of four wind projects to inform them of the PSC’s intent to insure that land is properly reclaimed after a project is decommissioned. Under state law, land reclamation bonds are required prior to mining coal; however wind farm owners do not have to post a guaranty bond for decommissioning until after the 10th year of operation.   Read more in Prairie Business Magazine.  

  2. Wind Project Receives Regulatory Approval

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    Thunder Spirit Wind LLC received approval from the North Dakota Public Service Commission last week to proceed with construction of a 150 MW wind farm near Hettinger. The PSC approved the project on a split vote, with Commissioner Christmann citing concerns over the amount of wind energy as part of North Dakota’s energy portfolio. Project approval was granted after the company appealed and overturned a Federal Aviation Administration decision regarding the proximity of the wind farm to Hettinger’s airport. Read more in Prairie Business Magazine.

  3. 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.

  4. ND Wind Energy May Expand Under Proposed Carbon Rules

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    Officials with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) say that North Dakota may be able to supply neighboring states with increased energy from wind as those states work to comply with newly-proposed federal regulations seeking to reduce carbon emissions. EPA has set a carbon reduction goal of 30 percent nationwide from existing coal-fired power plants. North Dakota has a state-level reduction target of 11 percent, according to the EPA rule. Read more in the Bakken Breakout.

  5. 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.

     

  6. 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.

     

  7. Wind farm project moving forward

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    Geronimo Wind Energy is one step closer to construction with the Courtenay Wind Farm in Stutsman County. The wind farm will be the first project to fall under new regulations which were established in 2009, and updated in 2013. The regulations help guide companies on where they can place wind turbines and also provide direction on required road maintenance and upgrades. Once the Courtenay project receives approval from the county’s zoning ordinance, construction can begin on the 200-megawatt project. There will be 100 turbines, each with a 2-megawatt capacity and could power as many as 60,000 homes. The company estimates that the project could be online by the end of 2014. See the Fargo-Moorhead Forum for more information.