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Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Another impact of the drought in south-central North Dakota.

The developer of a wind farm and new transmission line in Oliver County will delay replanting of trees and shrubs affected by the development. That replanting is required by the Public Service Commission.

Oliver Wind III, LLC will delay planting until next year.

Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said the delay is a good idea.

"They were concerned there would be a low survivability of the trees and shrubs they did plant," Fedorchak said. "That's because of the lack of rain and drought conditions."

Wind farm warning light change

May 4, 2017
Courtesy Julie Fedorchak

The Public Service Commission has drafted new rules dealing with lights on wind towers.

Right now, most of the towers have blinking red lights – that are on all night. They’re there to keep aircraft away – but neighbors have complained about them. The new rules say new towers have to have “light mitigation technology” – which only turns the lights on when aircraft are in the area.

PSC to hold 'conversations' on renewable energy

Nov 7, 2016
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The Public Service Commission is looking at holding a series of conversations with the public – to discuss renewable energy

This comes after Xcel Energy announced it is going to be developing four new wind farms – three in Minnesota, one in Dickey County, North Dakota. In a news release, Xcel said it would save customers “hundreds of millions of dollars” in energy costs over the next 20 years.

"I didn't know about this until I saw the press release," said Commissioner Brian Kalk. He said Xcel has not yet filed a wind farm permit application with the PSC.

Large wind farm project planned for Barnes County

Jul 21, 2016

A big new wind farm is proposed for Barnes County.

It would be 300 megawatts, and it would be called the “Glacier Ridge Wind Farm.” It would be on 34,450 acres about five miles northeast of Valley City. And it would consist of up to 87 turbines.

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has just received the application.

'Oliver III' wind farm approved by PSC

Jun 23, 2016
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The Public Service Commission has approved a 100 megawatt wind farm that will be in Morton and Oliver counties.

“Oliver III” is the third wind farm for  the area that will be built by NextEra. “Oliver I” and “Oliver II” are in Oliver County – while “Oliver III” will be almost completely in Morton County. The new wind farm will have up to 48 turbines. The price tag: $153 million. A new associated high voltage power line will cost another $11 million.

Stark County wind farm hearing delayed

Feb 26, 2016
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The Public Service Commission has rescheduled a hearing for a proposed 150 megawatt wind farm to be built in southern Stark County.

The Brady Wind Energy Center would use up to 87 turbines. It would be close to Lefor. The PSC had scheduled a hearing March 2nd. But a group called “Concerned Citizens of Stark County” has intervened in the matter – and it asked the PSC for extra time to prepare for the hearing.

New wind farm proposed for southwest ND

Jan 21, 2016

Another new wind farm is planned for southwestern North Dakota.

Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk says the Brady Wind Energy Center will have up to 87 turbines, generating up to 150 megawatts of power.

"The project layout is in the southern end of Stark County, right where the county touches Hettinger County," said Kalk. "Or you could imagine, 6 miles north of New England."

Kalk says the company also wants to build a 230 kilovolt power line.

Thunder Spirit's turbines are generating electricity

Nov 9, 2015

The first five of 43 wind turbines at ALLETE Clean Energy's Thunder Spirit wind farm have begun generating electricity. 

Spokeswoman Amy Rutledge says the rest of the turbines should be online within the next couple of weeks.  The Thunder Spirit wind farm will generate 107 megawatts of wind power for customers of Montana-Dakota Utilities.  Rutledge says the wind farm is near the community of Hettinger, which became very involved in the installation.