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Published April 30, 2012, 10:18 AM

Proposed new ND wind farm example of efficiency

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say the state's wind turbine farms are getting more efficient at generating power.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say the state's wind turbine farms are getting more efficient at generating power.

The Public Service Commission has approved a new 102-megawatt wind farm in McHenry County, about 15 miles south of Velva.

The Meadowlark Wind company is developing the $180 million project. Developers will build between 44 and 63 turbines on about 13,000 acres of land.

Commission Chairman Tony Clark says the wind farm is expected to reach maximum power production about 54 percent of the time.

Clark says that kind of efficiency is considered good in the industry. He says it will make it easier to justify building transmission lines to get the power to market.

Clark says wind farms in other states produce at maximum capacity less often than North Dakota's.

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