Basin Electric Power Cooperative said in a June 14 statement that it was represented during a June 7 hearing of the North Dakota Public Service Commission on the Brady Wind Energy Center II project.
Basin Electric supported NextEra Energy Resources‘ Brady Wind Energy Center II project during a North Dakota PSC hearing in New England, N.D. This proposed 72-turbine, 150-MW wind project is to be located in northern Hettinger County.
Government relations staff from Basin Electric provided testimony on the region’s need for power. Basin Electric has signed a power purchase agreement to buy the project’s output.
“The public provided testimony both in support and opposition,” said Dale Niezwaag, Basin Electric senior legislative representative. “Overall, there was good support for the project.”
If approved, the $250 million project will connect to the 87-turbine Brady Wind I project proposed for southern Stark County, which the PSC is still considering. The March 30 PSC hearing for Brady Wind I, which took place in Dickinson, N.D., lasted 15 hours, the longest wind project hearing in state history, Basin noted.