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When the turbines stop turning: ND regulators mull ‘financial assurance’ to cover costs of wind turbine decommissioning

April 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK — For more than a decade, they have towered like workhorses over the prairie, their spinning blades catching the wind and converting it to electricity.
Now, for the first time, the North Dakota Public Service Commission is considering whe…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

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

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

Marshall County awaits ‘economic boon’ of wind farm

November 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The owner of farmland just east of the Red River Valley, Rodney Liedberg has claimed that he’s “15 miles from the good land.” His property may not have the rich soil of the valley, but it has something that likely soon will enrich its value healthy winds. He has property on the high sand ridges of the Pembina Trail, where the wind is strong and steady, ripe for wind energy. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Oil, wind firms alike should protect birds

September 12, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

If that happens — if the wildlife standards are made mandatory — then errant or careless wind-farm operators will start being prosecuted, too. Continue Reading

Column: Buffalo Ridge — our answer to the Hoover Dam

June 24, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON When you get above age 30, people sometimes ask you about things you remember that are not often seen any longer. Or maybe it is when you get above 40. You know what I am talking about. I even have people ask me about such things. Continue Reading

Windfall for some, irritation for others: Road damage, dust among gripes

January 14, 2011 in The Daily Republic

The dozens of new wind turbines lining the landscape north of White Lake are highly visible signs of economic and energy development.
But construction of the 101-turbine PrairieWinds project and seven-turbine South Dakota Wind Partners project also has left an indelible footprint on the county’s designated haul roads, created dust control problems and caused property damage in the past three months, according to some local residents.
Pete and Judy Licht live along 241st Street one of the main haul roads used for the project by Wanzek Construction, based in Fargo, N.D.
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