Last week the Public Service Commission turned down a siting permit for a large (23,000 acres, 76 turbines) wind farm project in Burke County.

NextEra, the company behind the project, had pushed for a permit despite opposition from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department who argued that the location would be very bad for wildlife.

For birds, specifically.

This is not something the PSC does often. In fact, the current members of the commission couldn’t think of the last time a siting permit was turned down, mostly because concerns about a particular project are advanced well before the question of a permit reaches a decision point...

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