MEDORA, N.D. –A California company is seeking to place another wind turbine farm in the midst of western North Dakota’s energy belt.
Orion Renewable Energy Group is seeking to build a facility in northern Billings County — north of Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
The company began speaking to landowners of the possibility two years ago, Orion’s associate project manager Andrew Makee said in an email.
The company is planning for the wind farm to have 115 turbines location and generate 250 megawatts of power.
This proposed new project is on top of two wind farms planned farther east. NextEra Energy Resources’ proposed Brady Wind Energy Center I in southern Stark County and Brady Wind II in northern Hettinger County went before the state Public Service Commission after being approved by the county commissioners and planning and zoning boards.
Stacey Swanson, Billings County zoning inspector, said Orion has not filed a conditional use permit with the county yet.
Makee said Orion has completed most of its land leasing and environmental studies, which they will present to the Billings County commission this summer.
If approved at the county level, they would file an application with the PSC by the end of 2016.
Makee said he believes the project wouldn’t be completed until the end of 2017 at the earliest.