BREAKING: ND Public Service Commission approves Brady Wind II permit

The North Dakota Public Service Commission today has approved a sitting permit for the Brady Wind II wind farm that will sit in northern Hettinger County and southern Stark County. The Brady Wind II will be constructed by Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources.

By COLE BENZ
Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

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The North Dakota Public Service Commission today has approved a sitting permit for the Brady Wind II wind farm that will sit in northern Hettinger County and southern Stark County. The Brady Wind II will be constructed by Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources.

The 72-turbine wind farm is going to be an estimated $250 million project and should generate an approximate 150 megawatts.

The project didn’t come without controversy. Much like the Brady Wind I, which was approved a few weeks ago in Stark County, groups on both sides of the issue took to the podium to voice their opinions.

After it was unanimously approved the the Hettinger County Commissioners, the PSC held the public hearing in New England at the Memorial Hall. That hearing saw nearly 10 hours of testimony from lawyers, public service commissioners, NextEra Energy representatives and concerned citizens.

In the end, the PSC approved the permit. Company representatives previously told The Herald that construction would begin as soon as possible following all of the necessary approvals.

“Each wind project is unique in some way and the Commission continues to work through issues within our jurisdiction to find the best solution for each project and at the same time respecting the role of the counties in the process,” said Commissioner Brian Kalk. “As wind projects continue to come before us, we are committed to continue working with the Association of Counties to plan ahead for all types of energy development.”

Look in this week’s issue of The Herald for the full story.

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