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PSC to hold public hearing on wind farm June 7 in New England

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BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing at New England’s Memorial Hall on June 7 starting at 9 a.m. regarding the proposed Brady II Wind Energy Center in Hettinger and Stark Counties.

Brady Wind II, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, has submitted an application for a permit for the Brady II Wind Energy Center project and associated facilities. The 72-turbine wind farm will have a capacity of approximately 150 megawatts.

The project area would encompass approximately 20,317 acres. It is estimated the permanent structures will occupy approximately 74 acres during operation.

The wind project is estimated at $243 million.
Facilities proposed to be located in Stark County are limited to underground electrical collection systems and cabling. Additional facilities include access roads, electrical collection systems and cabling, and meteorological evaluation towers.

The project will be located adjacent to the southern boundary of the proposed Brady Wind Energy Center, which is currently under consideration by the PSC.
The transmission line proposed to serve the Brady Wind Energy Center will also serve this second project and the projects will share temporary laydown and turbine storage areas, the Operations and Maintenance Building, and substation equipment will be located in the same area for both projects.

The hearing provides an opportunity for members of the public to contribute to the PSC’s official record. Any comments from members of the public must be received at the hearing to be part of the record. People with concerns, questions or support/opposition for the project are encouraged to attend the hearings and present their information. In­formation received after the hearing will not be part of the official record and cannot be used as a basis for the Commission’s decision unless certain additional procedures are followed.

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