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NextEra gets siting permit for 298-MW N Dakota wind project

The Tuscola Bay II Wind Energy Center. Photo by: NextEra Energy Resources (www.nexteraenergyresources.com)

February 11 (Renewables Now) - The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the siting permit for NextEra Energy Resources’ 298.1-MW Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Centre and an associated transmission line.

"The project meets necessary siting criteria including a key component, which is local zoning approval," Commission Chairman Brian Kroshus said in a statement issued last week. The up to 123-turbine wind farm with associated facilities and transmission infrastructure in Emmons and Logan counties represents an investment of USD 435 million (EUR 384.2m), of which USD 415 million will go for the wind farm.

The transmission line that will connect the wind park to the existing 230-kV Heskett-Wishek transmission line will have a length of 6.85 miles (11km).

Once up and running, the plant will generate electricity under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with utility Great River Energy, which has already been signed. As previously announced, the wind farm will use equipment by General Electric (NYSE:GE), with its construction slated to begin this year.

North Dakota currently has 3.15 GW of operational wind farms and several large-scale projects pending clearance. Among them are the 300-MW Aurora project in Williams County and the 205-MW Ruse project in Ward and McLean Counties.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.883)

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