In a July 12 statement, Basin Electric Power Cooperative marked the fact that the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a siting permit July 6 for the Brady II Wind Energy Center in Hettinger and Stark counties, North Dakota.
The approved permit is for Brady Wind II LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, to construct and operate the Brady II Wind Energy Center and associated facilities. The $250 million wind farm will have a capacity of approximately 150 MW and will consist of 87 wind turbines.
Basin Electric will purchase this electricity to help meet members’ energy needs and further diversify the cooperative’s generation portfolio. The project will be located adjacent to the southern boundary of the 87-turbine, 150-MW Brady Wind Energy Center, which was approved by the commission on June 16. Both projects are expected to be complete in late 2016 or early 2017.
As part of an effort to reduce the visual impact of blinking lights on wind turbines, the PSC included a provision in the order that Brady Wind II install a new lighting system on the wind project, subject to Federal Aviation Administration approval. The lighting system detects when aircrafts are in the area and turns on only when needed. When an aircraft is not detected, the lights are not on. The company has agreed to implement these new lights as soon as possible, but no later than Dec. 31, 2018. The PSC has included this new requirement in several recently-approved wind projects, Basin noted.