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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.

January 19, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Public Utilities Commission and wind power industry clash on bill to extend project application timelines

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission wants the option to use up to a full year, rather than six months, to process wind energy facility applications. Other energy conversion industry projects are under the up-to-one-year time limit. The Senate Committee on Commerce and Energy heard from PUC Chair Gary Hanson that there are two applications from last year and possibly six more this year on the PUC agenda, plus the other responsibilities of the PUC. Hanson said wind energy applicants . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

New governor opposes state regulators who want more time on wind decisions

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission wants six months more to make decisions on wind energy projects, but Governor Kristi Noem‘s administration sent a lawyer to oppose the legislation Thursday. A state Senate committee decided to let the sides keep talking rather than decide whether Senate Bill 15 should move forward or die. Lawyers for several developers of wind projects also testified against the proposal at the Senate Commerce and Energy Committee hearing. State law currently sets . . . Complete story »

January 16, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm eyeing Butte County for potential siting

BUTTE COUNTY – A new wind farm company may locate to Butte County north of Newell. Brenda Moore, a general manager with Energiekontor U.S., Inc., spoke to the Butte County Commission Thursday and explained that Energiekontor is an international energy producer that is part of the Energiekontor group of companies present in many countries including Germany, the U.K., France, Portugal, and the Netherlands. According to the company’s website, the group has developed, financed, and constructed nearly 120 utility scale renewables projects . . . Complete story »

December 31, 2018 • Opinions, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Windless in Woonsocket – How not to sign a wind turbine agreement

I marvel how many South Dakota landowners sign a wind turbine agreement or an oil and gas lease without the benefit of good counsel. I have seen the end product. It is not pretty. Though we are taught about the seven deadly sins of this world also called the seven cardinal sins or capital sins, yet a wind turbine agreement may contain an even greater smorgasbord of “contract sins” all of which should be discovered, remedied and purged by any . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Judge delays ruling on Deuel landowners lawsuit

CLEAR LAKE – Judge Dawn Elshere took under advisement Thursday morning a case where 14 landowners sued the Deuel County Board of Adjustment regarding its decision to permit a wind energy project. The case was heard in a Third Judicial Circuit courtroom in Clear Lake. The lawsuit charges that two members of the adjustment board had signed wind tower lease agreements with a wind energy company before voting to approve the project. The five-member board voted unanimously on Jan. 22, 2018, . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Public meeting held for Pass Creek Wind

A public meeting was held on Monday, December 10, 2018, at the Martin Activity Center to discuss plans for Pass Creek Wind, a utility-scale wind energy project planned for Bennett County north of Martin. Approximately 35 people attended the meeting including Bennett County Commissioners, local ranchers and members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. 7G Renewable Energy, a partnership between the Oceti Sakowin Power Authority (OSPA) and Apex Clean Energy, will develop the renewable energy project. OSPA is a non-profit comprised . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Deuel Harvest Wind Energy to construct wind farm in Deuel County

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has granted a permit for Deuel Harvest Wind Energy LLC to construct a wind farm. The proposed wind energy facility will feed into a 345-kilovolt transmission line in Deuel County. A kilovolt is a unit of electrical potential equal to 1,000 volts. The PUC accepted a filing fee of $400,000 with an initial non-refundable deposit of $8,000. The application is to construct the wind farm and transmission line. This facility is on approximately 48,730 . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proposed near Clear Lake

There’s another wind farm proposed in northeastern South Dakota. The site would be north of Clear Lake in Deuel County. The developer is a Chicago-based company called Invenergy. This proposed project is called Deuel Harvest North Wind Farm. According to the company, the wind farm could provide electricity to 100,000 homes. The company doesn’t have a buyer for the power yet. The project would be spread through five townships in northern Deuel County up along South Dakota’s border with Minnesota. . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PUC approves wind farm plan in Clark County

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved a plan Tuesday that could be one of the first of its kind for a wind farm in the state. It calls for the wind farm’s owner to put aside money for when the turbines stop generating electricity. The account would be tapped when the time comes for taking out the giant blades and towers. The latest configuration for Crocker Wind Farm in Clark County shows building permits approved for . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PUC grants permit to Prevailing Wind Park

PIERRE, S.D. – Fourteen citizens – two from the company in favor, and 12 everyday people against – watched the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission grant a permit Tuesday to Prevailing Wind Park. The controversial wind farm checker-boards through an area where Bon Homme, Charles Mix and Hutchinson counties come together in the south-central part of the state. The vote was 3-0. Commissioner Chris Nelson said he weighed competing interests of the two sides. “That’s the balance we are working through here . . . Complete story »

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