Western Area Power Admin. reviews North Dakota wind project

The Western Area Power Administration said in a notice to be published in the Nov. 20 Federal Register that it plans a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the interconnection of NextEra Energy Resources’ Wilton IV Wind Energy Center Project in Burleigh County, N.D.

Western is issuing this Notice of Intent (NOI) to inform the public and interested parties about a change in the proposed project and to invite public comment on the scope, proposed action, and other issues to be addressed in the SDEIS.

These changes include the relocation of 30 planned turbine locations and five alternate turbine locations in Crofte Township, moving them as far as 12 miles northeast to Rock Hill Township. Also, up to 20 miles of new overhead transmission line will be necessary to connect the project collector substation to the existing Wilton/Baldwin substation.

Portions of the proposed project may affect floodplains and wetlands, so this NOI will also serve as a notice of proposed floodplain or wetland action in accordance with DOE floodplain and wetland environmental review requirements.

A public scoping meeting will be held on Dec. 11 at the Wilton Memorial Hall in Wilton, N.D.

Western had been taking public comment until May 6 on a draft environmental impact statement for this project. NextEra, on behalf of its subsidiary Wilton Wind IV LLC, wants to to interconnect the Wilton IV Wind Energy Center to Western’s transmission system. The facility would consist of 62 wind turbines, with a total nameplate capacity of about 99 MW. The project site is near other, already built wind farms.

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