North Dakota Public Service commissioners will be in Grand Forks on Wednesday to meet with Air Force Base officials regarding concerns about the impact of potential wind farms and the base’s mission.
The meeting is a result of ongoing discussions that Commissioner Tony Clark has had with members of the Base Realignment Impact Committee and local officials. Clark holds the commission’s electric generation and transmission portfolio.
“In discussions I have had with Grand Forks officials, it has become clear that wind farm siting and permitting is a significant concern," Clark said in a statement. "My goal is to ensure that any wind farms that are built in North Dakota are done in such a way that they do not interfere with the critical missions of our state’s air bases."
Commissioners will meet with local Grand Forks leaders and Air Force officials at 1 p.m. at the Grand Forks County Office Building in the Commission Chambers.