Worthington Globe: PUC sets new standards for wind energy approval

Leah Ward - January 16th, 2019

WORTHINGTON — Two recent actions taken by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission are poised to sharpen a focus on the hiring of local labor for wind energy projects.

On Dec. 6, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission set a new precedent for wind energy by postponing a vote on the Bitter Root Wind Farm due to concerns about local hiring. Two weeks later, at a Dec. 20 hearing, the PUC approved the Nobles 2 Wind Project in Nobles County — one of the seven projects currently being planned in the state — under the written condition that Tenaska, the project’s developer, provide quarterly reports on its local hiring projects.

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