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These turbines are part of the Xcel Energy Courtenay Wind Farm in south-central North Dakota. John M. Steiner / Forum News Service

Julie Fedorchak: Wind Projects Save Xcel Customers Millions

Julie Fedorchak: Wind Projects Save Xcel Customers Millions

This guest post was submitted by Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. In a recent article, Rob Port claimed that the PSC gave the go-ahead to Xcel Energy “to inflate power bills” here in North Dakota to meet “green energy” goals in other states. While that’s certainly a provocative lead, it’s false on both accounts. First

Wilton Wind Farm is utilized by Basin Electric Power Cooperative as a source of renewable power in North Dakota. (AMY TABORSKY, Bismarck Tribune)

North Dakota Is Smart to Resist the Wind Energy Bubble

Ed Gruchalla is a former Democratic state lawmaker now serving as a flack for the wind energy after voters cast him out of office in the 2014 election cycle. He has a letter to the Fargo Forum suggesting that North Dakota is missing out because wind energy projects are being developed in other states and

Pro-Wind Lawmaker Accidentally Speaks the Truth About Wind Energy: It’s Not Needed or Stable

“I want to see us support and make coal more competitive,” said House Minority Leader Corey Mock, a Democrat from Grand Forks, said in a committee hearing in Bismarck last week. “But I certainly wouldn’t want to do it at the expense of other energy industries.” That’s an ironic statement given that the topic at

NDGOP Chairman Breaks Rules Lobbying For Wind Energy Company

Earlier today a Republican lawmaker forwarded me this photo of  a letter distributed by Robert Harms to the Senate Finance and Tax Committee. In the letter, on Harms Group letterhead, Harms (who is also the Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party) describes himself as “the lobbyist for Tradewind Energy.” The problem? Well as 9:51am

Regulator Says EPA Is Making Us Too Dependent On Wind Energy: "We're Down To Zero Alternatives"

Yesterday North Dakota’s Public Service Commission voted on the $180 million Sunflower Wind project, which consists of 59 new turbines to be built in Morton and Stark counties, south of Hebron. They would provide 80 megawatts of power generation. But in voting to approve the project, Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann expressed some concern about

Major Minnesota Wind Project On The Verge Of Collapse

A major Minnesota wind project which initially saw investment from billionaire T. Boone Pickens before being sold to New Era is on the ropes. “New Era has no confidence that due process for this project will ever end, nor that an ABPP (Avian and Bat Protection Plan) will ever be approved, however comprehensively and carefully

North Dakotans Got An Early Preview Of Obama's Politics By Any Means Necessar

Each day it seems we’re treated – if that’s the right word for it – to a new and depressing headline about mistreatment of conservative groups and individuals by the IRS. We’ve not yet plumbed the depths of the scandal, but already it seems to be one of the most shocking and fundamentally offensive domestic

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