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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.


September 20, 2017 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy scam

I attended the PUC meeting in Clark Wednesday on the Crocker Wind Farm. The developer that mixed up the Kool Aid for the proponents did a great job. Studying this wind energy scam for seven years, I have seen how the developers give them all the same coaching for their speeches. What affected me the most was sad. I have never been to the “Crocker Hills,” but it sounds like a beautiful place, and I will visit this wonder of . . .

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September 20, 2017 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Protect home values, property rights, and quality of life from wind power scam

I read Brad Johnson’s letter to the Watertown Public Opinion recently entitled “Wind Energy’s Silent Invasion”. It’s happening. But the opposition isn’t silent. Right now there are 17 counties organized to protect their home values, property rights and quality of life from the wind energy scam. I am disturbed with the PUC. Although they claim they leave the setback distance to the county, they are still touting their “Model Draft Ordinance for siting wind energy systems” drafted in 2008 by . . .

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September 15, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Clark County residents debate big wind project

CLARK – There may be gold in them thar hills, but in Clark County there’s also a lot of angst. South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commissioners Kristie Fiegen, Gary Hanson and Chris Nelson heard more than four hours of testimony Wednesday in the Clark Elementary School regarding the proposed Crocker Wind Farm located in northwestern Clark County. The project, first conceived in 2008, is a subsidiary of Geronimo Energy of Edina, Minn. More than 40 people spoke for and against the project, . . .

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September 2, 2017 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind companies seek profits

Proponents of industrial wind energy will tell you whatever they need to in order to fill their pocketbooks. Remember the perceptions that they tell you are coming from for-profit developers and lobby groups whose only concern is to further their agenda and profits at the cost of the taxpayer and ratepayer, which is you! I tell you this as a resident of Lincoln County, S.D., and we have been dealing with big wind developers and their associates for more than . . .

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August 26, 2017 • Opinions, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy’s silent invasion

People in rural South Dakota are rising in opposition to lifestyle threats brought on by industrialized agriculture and wind energy. Surprisingly, a common foe is local government, often made up of friends and neighbors. Too often they appear to side with corporate interests instead of the people. Sometimes it is because the law ties their hands. Much attention has focused on agriculture, an industry transforming from family farms into industrial operations often controlled by out-of-area interests. Meanwhile, spinning below the . . .

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August 19, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind company clarifies judge’s decision for Clark County

MINNEAPOLIS – A spokesman for Geronimo Energy in Minneapolis clarified the outcome of Monday’s wind tower setback hearing in the Third Circuit Court in Watertown. Geronimo had requested a partial summary judgment from the court regarding the Clark County Commissioners’ decision to change wind tower setback requirements from 1,000 feet to 3,960 feet. Judge Carmen Means did not definitively rule against Geronimo Energy, as was reported in Tuesday’s Public Opinion. Means denied the motion for summary judgment in an oral ruling . . .

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August 16, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Clark County wind tower setback issue still up in the air

MINNEAPOLIS – A spokesman for Geronimo Energy in Minneapolis clarified the outcome of Monday’s wind tower setback hearing in the Third Circuit Court in Watertown. Geronimo had requested a partial summary judgment from the court regarding the Clark County Commissioners’ decision to change wind tower setback requirements from 1,000 feet to 3,960 feet. Judge Carmen Means did not definitively rule against Geronimo Energy, as was reported in Tuesday’s Public Opinion. Means denied the motion for summary judgement in an oral ruling . . .

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August 16, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Clark County wind project hits snag

A wind farm planned for northern Clark County must keep towers a minimum of 3,960 feet from residences, according to a Monday decision in Watertown by Third Circuit Court Judge Carmen Means. The project, known as the Crocker Wind Farm, is planned by Geronimo Energy of Minneapolis. When completed it would sprinkle 200 towers in the Crocker Hills and generate 400 megawatts of energy. Clark County Commissioners approved the project, but the development hit a snag when citizens within the . . .

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August 15, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Judge approves Clark County Commission’s wind tower minimum setback

A wind farm planned for northern Clark County must keep towers a minimum of 3,960 feet from residences, according to a Monday decision in Watertown by Third Circuit Court Judge Carmen Means. The project, known as the Crocker Wind Farm, is planned by Geronimo Energy of Minneapolis. When completed it would sprinkle 200 towers in the known as the Crocker Hills and generate 400 megawatts of energy. If completed it would be the biggest wind farm in South Dakota. Clark . . .

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August 12, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

State utility regulators face 400-megawatt wind project

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 . . .

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