Renewables, Wind

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Xcel Energy Inc. canceled plans to build a $400 milliion, 150 MW wind farm in southeastern North Dakota after determining that minimizing its impact on wildlife may run up costs.

The decision was based on “the adverse impact this project could have on endangered or threatened species protected by federal law, and uncertainty in the cost and timing in mitigating this impact,” Xcel said in a regulatory filing quoted by Bloomberg.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service expressed concern that certain bird species were at risk, Xcel reportedly said in a statement.

The Merricourt project was expected to go into operation this year. It was to be built in partnership with EnXco Inc., the U.S. project development unit of Paris-based EDF Energies Nouvelles SA.