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Public Service Commission approves Emmons-Logan wind farm

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission issued a siting permit on Wednesday, Feb. 6, for the Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center, granting approval for as many as 123 wind turbines northeast of Linton.

The project by NextEra Energy Resources will have a capacity of about 298 megawatts and will include a 6.85-mile transmission line in Emmons County.

Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said the project has strong support from community members and landowners in the area.

The project area encompasses about 28,097 acres about 5 miles northeast of Linton. The wind project and associated facilities are expected to cost about $415 million. The associated facilities include access roads, underground electrical collection systems, collection substations, operations and maintenance building and meteorological evaluation towers.

The 230-kilovolt transmission line, which will connect to the existing Heskett-Wishek transmission line, is estimated to cost $20 million.

The Public Service Commission is reviewing several other proposed wind projects, including the Aurora Wind Project in Williams County, the Burke Wind Project in Burke County and the Ruso Wind Project in Ward and McLean counties.