Wind Power News: South Dakota
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.
Voters upheld rules for wind turbine setbacks on Tuesday that renewable energy boosters say will stop all wind energy development in Lincoln County. The vote was 57-42 percent in favor of a requirement that all turbines be placed at least a half mile from all habitable dwellings in the county. Heavy turnout from southern Lincoln County was the deciding factor, with universal support for the stricter setbacks in every city south of Tea, and the precincts closest to the proposed . . .
TORONTO, S.D. – While the wind power companies tout the economic benefits of planting not one, but two wind farms in Lincoln County, some neighbors are fearing the possible negative impacts. A Deuel County, South Dakota, resident says he found out the hard way there are drawbacks to having a renewable energy source in his backyard. David Janes of rural Toronto, South Dakota, said he and his late wife had built a retirement home on their South Dakota farm site 17 . . .
There are many perceptions coming from developers of an industrial wind farm in Lincoln County, as well as the upcoming vote of ordinance improvements that the Lincoln County Commissioners, along with the Planning and Zoning Board, have been studying for three years. These perceptions are coming from for-profit developers and lobby groups whose concern is only about their pocketbooks and to further their agenda at the cost of those who call Lincoln County home. The reality of the upcoming vote . . .
During the days leading up to the Tuesday, July 18, vote, many will be bombarded with multimedia ads promoting an industrial wind farm in Lincoln County. The developers and promoters will be giving half-truths to sugar coat how wonderful this development will be. They say that the county is banning wind energy, but that isn’t legal in this state. They will tell you the millions of dollars that this project has the potential to produce, without telling you it’s over . . .
There could be some big changes on the horizon in Lincoln County. While there are already a few wind farms in South Dakota – one proposed for Lincoln County is being met with some resistance and now voters will have the final say. This coming Tuesday, Lincoln County voters will decide just how far wind turbines need to be from homes. Right now, under current ordinance, a wind turbine needs to be about 1,300 feet, or about four city blocks, away . . .
Despite the name, “wind farms” are not farms. They are industrial electricity-generating factories. The wind turbines are also not “windmills.” At an incredible 400 to 550 feet tall, they are more like rotating skyscrapers. The blades can be up to 200 ft. long and the blade assembly can weigh 36 tons. The nacelle alone (the generator) can weigh around 56 tons. The speed at the blade tip can reach 190 mph. Every tower has a flashing red light at the . . .
On June 15, I spent the day at the Beethoven Wind Farm north of Avon. A Minnesota company was moving the large crane to the fourth turbine that needs major repairs. Each time they move from turbine to turbine the large crane has to be taken apart. One of the workers told me it takes 20 semi-trailers to haul the crane and support equipment. I went to the A-1 to get lunch for the five workers. This gave me the . . .
Voters in Lincoln County will decide the future of a proposed wind farm in the area next month, after recent noise and location requirements were passed by county commissioners last month. A proposal from Dakota Power Community Wind has been in the works for several years, but the plan is in serious jeopardy after county commissioners passed a number of new noise and location requirements last month. Now, DPCW has partnered with another organization – Farmers & Friends for Wind – which . . .
Thumbs up to the state of Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam, R-Tenn., signed a bill a few weeks ago which passed the Tennessee House 85-3 and Senate 30-0, that would prohibit the construction of any wind farm until July 1, 2018, in counties that don’t have any regulations related to wind farms in place by July 1, 2017. The new law also creates a special joint legislative study committee to evaluate and make recommendations on the siting of wind farms in . . .
A coalition of farm and energy groups launched a campaign Tuesday asking voters to overturn restrictive wind turbine rules passed last month in Lincoln County. The ordinance requires turbines to be spaced at least a half mile from homes unless the energy company obtains a waiver from the neighboring landowner. Supporters of the long-debated measure say distance is the surest way to protect property owners from the impact large scale wind energy projects might have on property values and public . . .