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Wilton IV Wind Energy Center Draft EIS

Western Area Power Administration (Western) prepared this draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) in response to a request from NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (NextEra), on behalf of its subsidiary Wilton Wind IV, LLC (Wilton IV), to interconnect its proposed Wilton IV Wind Energy Center (Project) to Western’s power transmission system. The proposed Project is a wind turbine generation facility located in Burleigh County, North Dakota. It would consist of 62 wind turbine generators, with a total nameplate capacity of approximately 99 MW.

NextEra has also requested that the existing interconnection contracts for the Wilton Wind I Energy Center (formerly known as Burleigh County Wind), Wilton Wind II Energy Center, and the Baldwin Wind Energy Center (together called the Existing Projects) be modified to lift their administrative 50 average annual MW production caps.

This DEIS includes a description of the proposed Project and analyzes the impacts associated with the proposed construction, operation, and decommissioning of the Wilton IV Project and lifting the administrative 50 average annual MW cap on the Existing Projects. Western will consider the analysis as well as comments received during the public review period to determine whether (1) Western will execute an interconnection agreement for the proposed Project, and (2) amend the interconnection agreements for the Existing Projects to lift the administrative 50 average annual MW cap.

Come to the public hearing from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 10, 2013, at Wilton Memorial Hall, 105 Dover Avenue, Wilton, North Dakota.


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