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Wind energy project proposed for Stark, Morton counties

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A 30- to 50-turbine wind power project could be coming to Stark and Morton counties.

The community has reacted positively to the $140 million project that's planned to be completed by the end of 2015, Infinity Wind Power's Casey Willis said in an email.

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The project is expected to produce enough power for about 38,000 homes annually.

Infinity has requested an interconnection with the Western Area Power Administration's transmission line that runs from Dickinson to Mandan.

The 9,000-acre project will sit south of Hebron and west of Glen Ullin.

Hebron Mayor Grant Walth said he hasn't heard any opposition, and that it's likely because of the money to be made from leasing land for the project.

Lou Hanebury of the Western Area Power Administration was in the area last week for a public input meeting on the project. He said reactions were positive, and that a number of people came because they were interested in leasing their land for it.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, in southwestern North Dakota, there are five existing wind energy plants and more than 10 on the way.

Infinity also has two other wind power projects proposed for North Dakota, in Mercer and Oliver counties.

The "public scoping period" continues through Sept. 23. Anyone can send comments to Hanebury at hanebury@wapa.gov or at the Western Area Power Administration: P.O. Box 35800, Billings, MT 59107.

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