Regulators approve wind farm in Burke County

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have approved a permit for an energy company that wants to build dozens of wind turbines in Burke County.

The state Public Service Commission gave approval for the Northern Divide Wind Project and a 41-mile long transmission line to a substation in Mountrail County.

The project includes up to 74 turbines which would generate 200 megawatts of wind power.

Northern Divide is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, which last year had been denied a permit for another subsidiary, Burke Wind, because of concerns about dangers to migratory birds. 

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