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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 joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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