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Public Service Commission to take public input on wind farm in north-central North Dakota

BISMARCK — North Dakota's Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing later this month on a proposed wind farm and related transmission line.

Ruso Wind Partners LLC, a subsidiary of Southern Power, has applied for permitting of its Ruso Wind Project and 10-mile transmission line. The proposed $250 million to $280 million project would comprise 60 to 63 turbines with a capacity of up to 205 megawatts.

Plans also include access roads, communications systems, cabling, permanent meteorological evaluation towers and a substation.

The project would cover about 16,200 acres about 6 miles northwest of Ruso, a tiny town in Ward County, southeast of Minot.