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North Dakota officials consider wind farm south of Rolette

ROLETTE, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission is considering a proposed wind farm that would feature 59 turbines in the northern part of the state.

Under its proposal, Rolette Power Development is seeking to generate about 100 megawatts of electricity on nearly 15,000 acres of land between Rolette and Rugby, KXMC-TV reported. The company is asking the commission to give it some leeway so it can accommodate six different kinds of wind turbines, said Warren Enyart of Rolette Power Development.

Leases already have been negotiated with landowners in the area, according to Merle Boucher, a local rancher and former state legislator who’s partnering with Enyart on the wind farm.

Approval from the Public Service Commission is a key step in the process, said Enyart, who helped develop a slightly larger wind farm in Griggs and Steele counties.

A hearing was held Monday in Rolette so the commission could learn more about the project and consider the opinions of local residents. The commission wants to hear from residents who support and oppose the plan, said Public Service Commission chair Julie Fedorchak.

“This project seems to have a fair number of folks in the area who are excited about it — we got some letters of support from some of the local leadership. So we’re looking to see if there are others in the community who have concerns and how we can go about reviewing this application, making sure that, if we approve it, it’s the best possible fit for this region.”

The commission is expected to make a decision on the wind farm application within the next six weeks.

In related news, Xcel Energy salvages North Dakota wind project.

Information from: KXMC-TV, http://www.kxnet.com

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