BISMARCK (AP) — A 150-megawatt wind energy project in southeastern North Dakota is going ahead despite a legal fight between its developer and Xcel Energy.
North Dakota’s Public Service Commission has approved a site plan for enXco Development Corp. to build 100 wind turbines in Dickey and McIntosh counties. The project’s cost is estimated at $400 million.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Tuesday reviewed a proposed settlement agreement with Northern States Power Co. stemming from a 2008 gas explosion in south Fargo that left a woman severely burned.
Xcel Energy and North Dakota Public Service Commission staffs are negotiating a settlement agreement related to a natural gas explosion in Fargo that severely burned a woman.
Commission staffers have issued an amended notice of probable violation against Xcel in connection with the Sept. 2, 2008, blast that leveled a twinhome unit at 2215 15th St. S.
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, September 24, 2010
Xcel Energy will build a $480 million wind farm in southwestern Minnesota as it moves toward meeting the state’s renewable energy standards.
Construction on the Nobles Wind Project near Worthington is expected to begin this spring. The plant, on the windy Buffalo Ridge, could be generating power by the end of the year.
Regulators in Minnesota and North Dakota have approved Xcel Energy’s plans for developing wind power in both states.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission recently certified the utility’s plan for a 150-megawatt project in Dickey and McIntosh counties.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission earlier approved a 201-megawatt project in Nobles County.
North Dakota utility regulators are looking at possible safety violations by Xcel Energy Inc. after a natural gas explosion demolished a Fargo duplex and injured 13 people.
Kevin Cramer, chairman of the state Public Service Commission, said Monday the agency will formally assign staffers to go over the case and recommend whether the Minneapolis-based utility should be fined following the September 2008 incident.
By Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press
, September 01, 2009
Xcel Energy Inc. is providing more training for its service workers after North Dakota customers and state regulators complained about billing problems, a consultant says.
The utility has about 46,000 natural gas customers in North Dakota, mostly in Fargo, West Fargo and Grand Forks. It hired a consulting firm to conduct an independent review of its billing procedures after the state’s Public Service Commission was swamped with complaints last winter.
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