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State utility regulators face 400-megawatt wind project 

Credit:  Aug 12, 2017 | www.thepublicopinion.com ~~

PIERRE – Two more wind farms are on the agenda for South Dakota regulators.

The three elected members of state government’s Public Utilities Commission are scheduled to decide Tuesday what the avoided cost should be for a wind-powered electricity project planned in Aurora and Brule counties and was planned for Davison County.

Northwestern Energy needs additional electricity in 2019. Consolidated Edison Development wants to provide electricity from wind turbines and be paid $60.70 per megawatt-hour.

The amount reflects $11.63 of avoided carbon expense. The commission’s staff said in June that carbon costs haven’t been allowed by the commission in the past and make Con Ed’s request “unreasonable on its face.”

The decision is the first docket on the commission’s agenda. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. CT in Pierre at the Capitol, room 413. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/2hRVVQu. A live broadcast link is at www.puc.sd.gov.

The commission held an evidentiary hearing April 11-12.

The second docket on the commission’s agenda Tuesday is a 400-megawatt project featuring up to 200 wind turbines proposed in Clark County about eight miles north of the city of Clark.

The project’s developer is Crocker Wind Farm, a subsidiary of Geronimo Energy from Edina, Minnesota.

The company also seeks to build a 345-kilovolt line covering 6.5 miles within the boundary of the project’s 29,331 acres. The overhead line would connect with Basin Electric’s Groton-Watertown transmission line.

The commission plans to hold a public-input meeting in Clark on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m. CT. The meeting is in the Clark elementary school’s gymnasium at 200 Second Ave. NW.

Some of the Crocker facilities would be on grassland easements controlled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, making an environmental assessment necessary.

Here’s a look at other meetings of state boards and commissions and public appearances by the governor in the week ahead.

Monday, August 14

Gov. Dennis Daugaard helps present Republic of China mutual defense commemorative badges to 52 South Dakota armed-forces veterans in Pierre at 1:30 p.m. CT at the Ramkota. They served in Taiwan during the period of 1955 to 1979.

The Professional Administrators Practices and Standards Commission meets in Pierre at 4:15 p.m. CT at the MacKay Building, 800 Governors Dr. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/1PplhKL.

Tuesday, August 15

The One Call Notification Board meets in Fort Pierre at 8 a.m. CT at Holiday Inn Express, 110 E. Stanley Rd. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/1TDa0eO.

The Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners meets in Sioux Falls at 8:30 a.m. CT at the Best Western Plus Ramkota, 3200 W. Maple St. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/1XD3Vkh.

The city of Centerville is South Dakota’s honorary Capitol For A Day. A community meeting at 10 a.m. CT features Gov. Dennis Daugaard at the Centerville Senior Center, 548 Broadway St. First Lady Linda Daugaard reads at the Centerville Community Library at 1:10 p.m. CT. Other events include a Main Street walk.

The Water Management Board holds a teleconference based in Pierre at 11:30 a.m. CT from state government’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources conference room in the Joe Foss Building, 523 E. Capitol Ave. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/1TbEAOi.

The Board of Finance meets in Pierre at 2 p.m. CT at the Capitol in the governor’s small conference room on the second floor, across the hall from the Secretary of State’s main office. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/1QcwDHN.

Wednesday, August 16

The Brand Board holds a teleconference at 8 a.m. CT based from its Pierre office, 209 W Dakota Ave. The topic is discussion of the fiscal 2019 budget. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/25Q3oiK.

The Commission on Gaming meets in Deadwood at 10 a.m. MT at City Hall, 102 Sherman St. The commission will consider an application from South Dakota OTB for a multi-jurisdictional hub. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/1P4z73z.

The Railroad Board meets in Pierre and by teleconference at 11 a.m. CT at the Becker-Hansen Building, 700 E. Broadway Ave. One of the items will be an inspection report from Aug. 2 the segments of the Mitchell-Rapid City line east and west of the Chamberlain-Oacoma bridge. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/1Llz82Q.

The Health and Educational Facilities Authority meets by teleconference at 2 p.m. CT. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/1miLbHE.

The Council for the Interstate Commission for Juveniles holds a teleconference at 2:30 p.m. CT. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/2vtdv0x.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard speaks in Sioux Falls at 4 p.m. CT at the Flowers From The Garden stamps dedication ceremony, featuring Elizabeth Brandon’s paintings, at the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, 1900 S. Perry Place, just north of State Highway 11 and Arrowhead Park.

Thursday, August 17

The Board of Pardons and Paroles meets in Sioux Falls at 8 a.m. CT at the State Penitentiary. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/1KvE5Ly.

The Behavioral Health Advisory Council meets in Pierre and by teleconference at noon CT at RedRossa Grill. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/1SFnmTP.

Friday, August 18

The Research and Commercialization Council meets at 2 p.m. CT in Sioux Falls at the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship, 2329 N. Career Ave., and in Pierre at the Board of Regents office, 306 E. Capitol Ave. The agenda will be at http://bit.ly/20ZQ8on.

• Looking ahead: The Legislature’s Rules Review Committee meets Tuesday, August 22, in Pierre at 10 a.m. CT at the Capitol, room 414. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/2wAUbPf. The Legislature’s Task Force on Initiatives and Referendums meets Wednesday, August 23, in Pierre at 9 a.m. CT in the Capitol, room 362. The agenda is at http://bit.ly/2wBdqIi.

• Note to readers: Reporter Bob Mercer in Pierre assembles this listing each week. South Dakota law regarding public meetings of state boards and commissions now requires 72 hours, not including Saturdays, Sundays or legal holidays, between when a meeting notice is publicly posted and the start of the meeting.

Source:  Aug 12, 2017 | www.thepublicopinion.com

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