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PSC holds wind plant hearing

HEBRON -- No one testified in opposition to a proposed wind farm for Stark and Morton counties at a public hearing Monday at the Hebron Community Center.

About 15 to 20 individuals attended the meeting, which started with a presentation by developer Infinity Wind Power, and two members of the public testified in favor of the project, said Brian Kalk, chair of the Public Service Commission, which hosted the hearing.

The 110-megawatt Sunflower Wind project will include up to 59 wind turbines across 12,700 acres of private land, according to the PSC. It will span south of Hebron, west of Glen Ullin and east of Richardton. Infinity, which hopes to connect to an existing Western Area Power Authority line, hopes to start construction in early 2015.

Kalk said the PSC will make a decision on the project in four to six weeks. Nothing out of the ordinary has come up with the project so far, he said.

Kalk noted that Stark and Morton counties have both already approved conditional use permits for the project.

“The people that are most closely affected for it have voted for it,” he said.

Katherine Lymn