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Alternative energy: North Dakota’s prairie winds waning

April 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The state’s once-booming wind energy sector faltersThe Coteau des Prairie hills that form a hummocky spine through McIntosh County provide a perfect platform for wind turbines. They’ve been chosen as the site for a sprawling 200-megawatt wind farm six miles north of here one of 20 wind projects that have been permitted or are in the regulatory pipeline in North Dakota. Continue Reading

Birds focus of newly unveiled wind power guidelines

March 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A bird advocacy group that lobbied for mandatory standards said the new, voluntary guidelines will do little to protect hundreds of thousands of birds killed each year by wind turbines. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the guidelines, which take effect immediately, provide a scientific basis for developers and government regulators to identify sites with low risk to wildlife while allowing for more wind energy projects on private and public lands. Continue Reading

Xcel fails to reach lawsuit settlement with enXco over stalled $400 million N.D. wind farm

March 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Xcel Energy and enXco Development Corp. of San Diego had planned to build a 150-megawatt wind farm named Merricourt in southeastern North Dakota last year until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the project could harm nearby plovers and whooping cranes, both protected species.
Minneapolis-based Xcel pulled out of the project and enXco and Xcel sued one another. Continue Reading

SD Legislature approves tax breaks for wind farms

March 1, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) The South Dakota Legislature has passed a measure that would refund about half the construction taxes for large wind energy projects and an environmental upgrade at the Big Stone Power Plant. Continue Reading

South Dakota wind projects can’t keep pace with North Dakota

January 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Lack of power lines limits developmentNorth Dakota is expected to add hundreds of megawatts of wind energy this year, while development has slowed to a near stop in South Dakota. The difference seems to be the availability of high-voltage power lines to ship the power to cities that need it. Continue Reading

Opponents say Goodhue County wind project will destroy raptor habitat

December 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved the plan to place the turbines on 32,000 acres of land in Goodhue County. But, county Commissioner Ron Allen says regulators failed to consider an avian study that says the turbines would interfere with habitat for eagles, hawks and other birds.
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Fordville railroad on the right track

November 6, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

When wind farms started dotting the landscape of northeast North Dakota a few years ago, Northern Plains Railroad developed a wind component handling facility in Devils Lake to help deliver turbines and blades to the Langdon Wind Energy Center in Cavalier County and the Rugby Wind Power Project in Pierce County. Continue Reading

N.D. oil patch, wind farms getting foreign press visit

October 5, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Journalists from several foreign countries came to North Dakota this week to report on the state’s oil patch and wind energy development. Continue Reading

Government OKs building plan for Massachusetts offshore wind farm

April 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A federal agency approved a construction and operations plan for the Cape Wind project off the Massachusetts coast, clearing the way for work to begin on America’s first offshore wind farm as early as this fall, U.S. Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar announced today. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Wind power and birds: Location, location, location

April 11, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

“On balance, Audubon strongly supports wind power as a clean alternative energy source that reduces the threat of global warming. Location, however, is important.”
That’s the official position of the National Audubon Society, and it’s a reasonable approach for society in years to come. Continue Reading