PSC hears testimony for wind field project
A wind project planned Oliver Counties had little opposition during a Public Service Commission meeting Friday in Center.
“There seems to some strong support for this project in the community,” Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said. “That’s the most important thing. I think people should have a say what goes on in our backyards. You all have voiced your support for this project.”
More than a dozen landowners listened to three hours of testimony from Minnesota Power. The Duluth, Minn., company plans to build 64-3.2 megawatt turnbines and one met tower along the county’s south border. The turbine locations have been finalized and will cover more than 22,600 acres. The project is set to begin this fall and end in 2014.
The project would expand Minnesota Power’s wind field in Morton and Oliver counties, which has 100 turbines. Minnesota Power provides electric service within a 26,000-square-mile area in northeastern Minnesota to 143,000 customers in 16 municipalities.