North Dakota plans Sept. 27 hearing on 300-MW Glacier Ridge Wind project

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has scheduled a Sept. 27 public hearing in Valley City on a recent application from Glacier Ridge Wind Farm LLC for a certificate of site compatibility on the 300.15-MW Glacier Ridge Wind Farm.

The project would consist of up to 87 wind turbine generators and associated facilities to be located in Barnes County, North Dakota. The issues to be considered in the application for a certificate of site compatibility are:

  • Will the location and operation of the proposed facilities produce minimal adverse effects on the environment and upon the welfare of the citizens of North Dakota?
  • Are the proposed facilities compatible with the environmental preservation and the efficient use of resources?
  • Will the proposed facility locations minimize adverse human and environmental impact while ensuring continuing system reliability and integrity and ensuring that energy needs are met and fulfilled in an orderly and timely fashion?

Glacier Ridge Wind Farm  is a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas). The proposed project will have a nameplate capacity of up to 300.15 MW, consisting of up to 87 Vestas V126 3.45-MW turbine generators. Additional facilities proposed in this application include access roads, electrical collection and communication systems and cabling, meteorological towers (one temporary and up to four permanent), an operation and maintenance building, and a substation.

The project will encompass an approximately 34,450-acre project area located about five miles northeast of Valley City.

Glacier Ridge also plans to construct a 345-kV overhead generator tie line extending between 4 and 20 miles—depending on the point of interconnection selected. The transmission line must be permitted separately, and Glacier Ridge will submit a separate application for a Certificate of Corridor Compatibility and Route Permit for the line in 2017.

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