Proposed North Dakota wind farm to move to new location
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposed North Dakota wind farm is being moved to another part of the state after a new developer bought out the project.
NextEra Energy Resources is planning to move the 70-turbine project to Emmons and/or Logan counties, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
The specific location hasn’t been determined, but the Florida-based energy company wants to relocate near its Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center. The center, which is under construction, will bring up to 123 wind turbines northeast of Linton.
PNE Wind USA sold its interest in the project to NextEra. The project was originally proposed for Burleigh County, where commissioners had denied special use permits for the project.
PNE dropped its appeal after selling off the project.
NextEra said the company decided to move the project after speaking to community leaders.
“We look forward to developing this project and providing affordable, home-grown energy in North Dakota for years to come,” the company said in a statement.
Dave Nehring, who owns land near Bismarck, had opposed the wind farm.
Nehring said he welcomes the move because the former location would’ve been disruptive to wildlife and natural resources.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com