AMERICAN WIND WEEK. CELEBRATIONS ARE PLANNED ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TOUTING THE BENEFITS OF WIND ENERGY, AND NORTH DAKOTA IS NOT ALONE. KX NEWS REPORTER ROBERT SUHR WENT TO LAMOURE COUNTY WHERE ONE PROJECT IS BREAKING NEW GROUND FOR WIND FARMS. I’M HERE IN THE TINY CITY OF KULM AND THESE MAY LOOK LIKE ANY NORMAL WIND TURBINE, BUT IT’S WHAT THEY CAN DO THAT IS SETTING A NEW STANDARD FOR TURBINES IN NORTH DAKOTA. SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE STATE WERE ON HAND IN KULM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON TO CELEBRATE EXCEL ENERGY’S FOXTAIL WIND PROJECT, MORE SPECIFICALLY THE NEW AIRCRAFT DETECTION LIGHTING SYSTEM THE TURBINES WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH. (JEFF SCHLEICHER: SENIOR DIRECTOR OF WINDER ENERGY: TERMA NA) WHEN A PLANE IS DETECTED AND THE FAA’S REQUIREMENT IS THREE NAUTICAL MILES OF A TURBINE, YOU ENABLE THE LIGHTS FOR FAA SAFETY, AND THEN WHEN THE PLANE LEAVES THAT BOUNDRY, YOU TURN THE LIGHTS BACK OFF, SO IT BALENCES SAFETY WITH ALSO THE COMMUNITY’S NEEDS FOR DARK SKIES. NORTH DAKOTA IS THE FIRST STATE IN THE COUNTRY TO MAKE WIND FARMS HAVE WHATS CALLED LIGHT-MITIGATING TECHNOLOGY, IN FACT, RULES PASSED LAST YEAR REQUIRE ALL WIND FARMS APPROVED AFTER JUNE 5TH OF 2016 TO INSTALL THE TECHNOLOGY BY THE END OF THE YEAR….THOSE FARMS APPROVED BEFORE THAT DATE HAVE UNTIL THE END OF 2021 TO GET THE TECHNOLOGY INSTALLED. JULIE FEDORCHAK IS A PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER SHE HELPED PUSH THE NEW RULES AND SAYS THIS IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO THOSE WHO HATED THE CONSTANT RED BLINKING LIGHTS AT NIGHT AND SAID THEY RUINED THE NIGHT SKY. (JULIE FEDORCHAK: ND PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER) REALLY WHAT IT MEANS IS THOSE LIGHTS WILL COME ONE ONLY WHEN THEY’RE REALLY NEEDED, WHICH IS TO ALERT AN AIRCRAFT IN THE AREA THAT THERE’S A WIND FARM HERE. OTHERWISE THE NIGHT SKY WIL BE DARK. LOCAL SCHOOL CHILDREN WERE ALSO ON HAND WEDNESDAY TO PLANT POLLINATOR- FRIENDLY PLANTS AS PART OF XCEL’S INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE HABITAT FOR BEES, BUTTERFLIES AND OTHER WILDLIFE REPORTING FOR KX NEWS, I’M ROBERT SUHR (KALBERER) THE NEW RADAR DETECTION SYSTEM WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO DECTECT BIRDS IN THE AREA AND TURN OFF THE TURBINE TO AVOID MASS CASULTIES TO MIGRATING WILDLIFE. THE TURTLE MOUNTAIN RESERVATION IS SEEING IMPROVEMENTS DONE