North Dakota wind project permit issued, construction begins

Bismarck, N.D. — A 115 MW wind power project to be built in North Dakota by Basin Electric received its final regulatory approval. Construction on the $250 million project began later that same day.

The PrairieWinds ND 1, a cooperative-owned wind farm, received a finding of no significant impact from the Rural Utilities Service that was signed August 17.

It states that RUS is “satisfied that environmental impacts of the proposed projects have been adequately addressed.” This review is part of the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, process, which includes addressing endangered species issues.

The 77-turbine project will have a nameplate output of 115.5-MW, and will encompass 30,000 acres about 15 miles south of Minot, N.D.

Another project to be owned and operated by PrairieWinds ND 1 Inc. is Minot Wind 2, located 12 miles south of Minot. This project consists of three, 1.5-MW capacity wind turbines. Construction is currently under way and scheduled to be operational late this year.

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