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MINNESOTA NEWS BRIEFS: New Era Wind has certificate revoked

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to revoke New Era’s certificate of need to build a long-delayed 78-megawatt wind farm in Goodhue County.

The MPUC cited New Era’s failure to follow the commission’s orders, as well as a lack of confidence in company’s ability to build the wind farm, as factors in its unanimous decision.

Without a certificate of need, the project’s site permit will expire automatically July 3. In the meantime, New Era can choose to either voluntarily surrender the permit or petition the MPUC for a certificate exemption.

For the exemption to work, New Era would have to demonstrate that it intends to begin construction of the project by Aug. 23.

Michael Brun

Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 

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