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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

May 20, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy rises to new heights in South Dakota

From the next big thing to one of the most controversial things in 35 years, wind energy is the most talked about form of energy production in the Midwest. In 2018, 324-foot turbines were installed in South Dakota, and they have the capacity to produce 2,300 kilowatts. As of December 2018, South Dakota had 1,018 megawatts of wind power capacity online and running. Another 200 megawatts of wind energy was under construction, and 673 more megawatts spread across dozens of . . . Complete story »

May 17, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PUC approves permit for Deuel County wind farm

PIERRE – On Tuesday the S.D. Public Utilities Commissioners voted to approve a permit, with conditions, for the construction of the Deuel Harvest North Wind Farm, a wind energy facility in Deuel County capable of producing up to 310.1 megawatts of energy. The proposed project is expected to include up to 112 wind turbines and associated facilities, including a 345-kilovolt transmission line. Deuel Harvest expects to complete the $400 million project, spanning an approximately 48,730-acre project area, in 2020. A . . . Complete story »

May 16, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy company pays 30K for permit violation

A wind energy company is paying the maximum fine for starting construction earlier than the permit allows. During a public utilities commission meeting on Tuesday, Prevailing Wind Park agreed to pay $30,000 in fines for the violation. Contractors for Prevailing Winds Park began construction on the 61-turbine project six days earlier than their permit allowed. The project covers over 50,000 acres across Bon Homme, Charles Mix and Hutchinson counties. Peter Pawlowski is the vice president of wind development. He says . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

SD Public Utilities Commission issues $30,000 max fine for southeastern wind farm’s permit violation

Commissioner Kristie Fiegen said the fact that Prevailing Wind violated one of many conditions in their permits so early in their construction was a major concern -- especially for a project of its size. "That's unsettling because, what else?" Fiegen said. "Is this a one-time occurrence out of all the conditions we have? Or is this going to be a recurrence?" Complete story »

May 4, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

South Dakota commissioners dismiss petition opposing wind project

A petition complaining about a wind project proposed in northeastern South Dakota was dismissed Thursday by the state Public Utilities Commission. Opponent Garry Ehlebracht and five others, all from the Goodwin area, had attorney Arvid.J. Swanson of Canton file the petition April 15 against Crowned Ridge II. They said it would hurt their health, safety and welfare, infringe on their property rights and threaten serious injury to the environment and the people of the area. Crowned Ridge II would have . . . Complete story »

May 3, 2019 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Know the pecking order

I want to comment on Brad Johnson’s column on Saturday, April 27: “Wind Industry holds all the cards.” I’m afraid it’s worse than that. In the last legislative session, the governor along with wind industry and the Sierra Club lobbyists pushed through SB15, which eliminates two of the four criteria wind developers must prove. Besides following the law, all that is left is “The facility will not substantially impair the health, safety or welfare of the inhabitants.” Johnson is right, . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Not happy with Noem’s stance on wind energy

In response to Gov. Noem’s letter “Enhancing SD’s Energy Potential” it sounded like a Big Wind lobbyist might have written it. Some South Dakota residents choose not to “throw open the window” as the wind turbine outside is too loud or the window may be covered over with dark shades to prevent the shadow flicker from entering their living space. When the governor uses the term “all of the above” that’s code words for “Green New Deal.” When our grassroots . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

S.D. Public Utilities Commission says Deuel Harvest gets a permit hearing

PIERRE, S.D. – Deuel Harvest Wind Energy shouldn’t get a state permit for a project proposed in Deuel County, Christina Kilby argued Wednesday to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. The three commissioners however unanimously decided to proceed to the permit hearing scheduled for next month. Commission Chairman Gary Hanson said Kilby raised good questions that required further study. “This is very troubling, the information that has been provided here,” Hanson said. Kilby, a resident of Burnsville, MN, said the . . . Complete story »

March 21, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

New law will streamline wind and solar energy permits

A new law will streamline the permitting procedures for solar and wind energy facilities. On March 19, Governor Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 15. The law clarifies the Public Utilities Commission’s authority to make sure permit applications for solar and wind energy facilities are handled in a timely fashion and with public safety in mind. The law also helps the PUC in managing its ongoing agenda, through stopping duplication of efforts done at the local government level. “This major legislation . . . Complete story »

March 19, 2019 • Opinions, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Naked in the wind

Wind energy development is known as green energy. Green energy is sexy. Everybody wants to jump on the bandwagon but few want to pay for the ride. A wind farm produces green energy. A wind farm itself is not green. It is steel, wires, underground cabling, electrical components and concrete. This describes the infrastructure of a government-permitted wind farm. Larger wind farm projects in South Dakota are subject to PUC jurisdiction regarding the permit application process and wind farm project . . . Complete story »

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