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Construction under way on new Burke County wind project

COLUMBUS- A new wind project in Burke County will provide another 200 megawatts (MW) of affordable, renewable power to Basin Electric customers, according to Basin Electric information.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative, with headquarters in Bismarck, and a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, have executed a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the entire output of the Northern Divide Wind Energy Project in the Columbus area in Burke County.
Northern Divide will add 200 MW of wind energy to Basin Electric’s portfolio, which includes about 1,360 MW of wind, more than 20% of its current total generation capability. Additionally, 200 MW of wind was added when a South Dakota wind project came online in April 2020.
The Northern Divide Wind Energy Project was approved by the North Dakota Public Service Commission in June and construction began in July.
According to NextEra Energy Resources, the project will eliminate nearly 600,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year and produce enough electricity to power nearly 65,000 typical North Dakota households per year.
The Northern Divide project will bring significant economic benefits to Burke County. According to NextEra Energy Resources, the project is expected to contribute $30 million in property taxes to the local community over its first 30 years of operations, as well as $30 million in landowner payments. The company estimates the project will also create approximately 200-300 construction jobs and five to seven full-time jobs once it is completed.
Northern Divide is anticipated to begin operation by the end of 2020.

Northern Divide Energy Project
According to NextEra Energy Resources, the Northern Divide Wind Energy Project is estimated to:
– Eliminate nearly 600,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
– Produce enough electricity to power nearly 65,000 typical North Dakota households per year.
– Contribute $30 million in property taxes to the local community over its first 30 years of operations.
– Contribute $30 million in landowner payments.
– Create approximately 200-300 jobs during construction.
– Create five to seven full-time jobs upon completion.