PNE gets refusal for 250-MW wind farm in N Dakota - report

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December 7 (Renewables Now) - Chicago-based Pure New Energy USA (PNE USA), a unit of Germany’s PNE AG (ETR:PNE3), has been denied approval for a 250-MW wind project in North Dakota, the Bismarck Tribune reports.

The Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission has rejected the Burleigh-Emmons project with a 5-to-3 vote on Wednesday, following a public hearing. The major concerns about the project are its potential impact on the landscape, the quality of life and the future growth of the nearby Bismarck Airport, among other.

The developer’s plan envisages the installation of 70 turbines on an area covering 15,000 acres (6,070 ha) southeast of Bismarck, not far from the city’s airport. The project website says that the combined capacity of the turbines will be up to 300 MW.

According to Courtney Timmons, PNE’s director of business development, the wind farm's estimated economic impacts include a USD-13-million (EUR 11.4m) one-time sales tax payment, annual property tax revenues totalling USD 1.1 million and landowner payments of over USD 1 million per year. None of North Dakota’s utilities have so far agreed to buy power from the proposed project, according to the report.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.879)

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