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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

October 13, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra official gets earful from S.D. regulators over road damage at Crowned Ridge wind site

The supervisor for a company that owns a wind farm being constructed in northeastern South Dakota was on the receiving end of criticism Tuesday from all three members of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. The commissioners made clear they want NextEra Energy Resources to be prompter in having local roads repaired at the Crowned Ridge project in Codington and Grant counties. Their comments were polite but blunt to Sean Harrington. He oversees project construction for the Florida-based company. Commission . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Land plan is key for allowing wind projects, SDSU guide says

Prioritizing a plan for farmland and grassland while considering a possible wind turbine project is important, a state expert says. A new guide from South Dakota State University Extension covers the best management practices for restoring native grasslands and sensitive sites that are impacted by energy or industrial development. The author, SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist Pete Bauman, said the guide is pointed toward South Dakota landowners who are considering or already have allowed wind development. Turbines, of course, don’t . . . Complete story »

September 12, 2020 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms come with big problems

I read the recent letter by Kathy Krause “Beware of wind tower agreements” (Aug. 29). I did not sign up for wind turbines, but I look out my window and count 13 turbines within two miles, and they are 590 feet tall. These giant 3.8 megawatt turbines are the tallest on-shore turbines in the United States. The Public Utilities Commission was not concerned about testing them first. We sleep in the basement most of the time now, but lots of . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Hughes County Commission amends ordinance covering wind farm site requirements

The Hughes County Commission has amended the county ordinance establishing requirements for where wind turbines may be located. The final ordinance, which passed unanimously, establishes a distance requirement of ½ mile or 4.9 times the height of the tower from any occupied structure and limits turbine noise to no louder than 45 decibels. Jerry Webb, who lives south of Harrold, cautioned commissioners to be careful about what precedent they want to set. https://d1mw12smyvvnsk.cloudfront.net/wordpress/wp-content/blogs.dir/2626/files/2020/08/081820-wind1.mp3 Hughes County resident Michael Bollweg spoke against . . . Complete story »

August 18, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Hughes County Commission approves changes to wind tower siting requirements

The Hughes County Commission, taking pages for Hyde County, has amended siting requirements for wind energy towers in the county. Significant testimony both for and against the requirements was presented to Commissioners Monday night. Property rights and concerns from aerial applicators centered over much of the testimony. Ryan Webb, who lives in Hughes County and is in favor of shorter setbacks, says it’s simple … http://www.todayskccr.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/windord1.mp3 Terry Barber of Onida operates an aerial applicator business and says wind towers make low . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

S.D. regulators deal with rural opponents’ sound issues at two wind farms

A rancher agreed Wednesday he would cooperate with a wind-project developer on sound testing at his property in Charles Mix County. Sherman Fuerniss told the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission that he let Prevailing Wind Park know that cattle roaming around his house could damage the testing equipment. “This is what we live with every day. We have livestock around,” Fuerniss said. He suggested using three corral panels to form a protective triangle around the equipment. Commissioner Chris Nelson said . . . Complete story »

June 12, 2020 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy making South Dakota ugly

I read Governor Noem’s article where she says, “I think South Dakota is one of the most beautiful places in the world.” The world is a big place. Her policy on wind turbines is to cover the state with them and if the Production Tax Credit is in place, that is exactly what will happen. In Washington we have Thune and Grassley lobbying the Secretary of the Treasury to get extended perks for the multinational corporations that own wind farms . . . Complete story »

May 13, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wagner men claim local wind turbines violate county commission agreement

That affidavit stated Prevailing Wind Park agreed to ensure wind turbines constructed in Charles Mix County met a number of criteria related to noise, lighting, shadow flicker and ice. Among the criteria specified were that noise levels from turbines were not to exceed 43 dBA without a waiver at residences of those who weren't participating in the project and that either control systems would automatically shut down turbines or Prevailing Wind Park would do so manually when ice conditions were identified. Powers and Petrik asserted in their affidavit that those noise and ice criteria are not being met, that some of Prevailing Wind Park's building permits for the turbines expired in January and that the county commission, based on its agreement with Pawlowski, has no authority to make Prevailing Wind Park comply with that agreement. Complete story »

May 7, 2020 • Iowa, South Dakota, U.S., WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Not so green energy: Hundreds of non-recyclable fiberglass wind turbine blades are pictured piling up in landfill

Incredible photos have revealed the final resting place of massive wind turbine blades that cannot be recycled, and are instead heaped up in piles in landfills. The municipal landfill in Casper, Wyoming, is the repository of at least 870 discarded blades, and one of the few locations in the country that accepts the massive fiberglass objects. Built to withstand hurricane winds, the turbine blades cannot easily be crushed or recycled. About 8,000 of the blades are decommissioned in the U.S. . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Hughes County Commission approves four month moratorium on wind projects

The Hughes County Commission has put a hold on approving any new wind projects in the County. County Planning and Zoning officials have started to review Hughes County’s ordinances on wind energy development. Commissioner Roger Inman says there are some areas of focus… http://www.todayskccr.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/windstop1.mp3 “One was the higher towers and the setbacks for that and I think they came up with; they wanted to look at some haul roads and I think….” “Haul road and decommissioning…” “Decommissioning, yes! The cost . . . Complete story »

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