Wind Power News: South Dakota
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As they left the room together, a group representing Scout Clean Energy received advice Tuesday from Gary Hanson. “Don’t be playing in the dirt,” Hanson cautioned them, “until you get a permit.” Those words carried the weight of 15 years that Hanson been elected to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. Scout Clean Energy is a Boulder, Colorado-based developer of projects that use turbines to turn wind into electricity. The company moved dirt at several sites in Hand County during . . .
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission turned down an application Wednesday for a wind-energy complex proposed for Clark County. The regulatory panel voted 3-0 to reject Crocker Wind Farm. The project called for up to 200 turbines spread across more than 29,000 acres north of Clark. State law gave the commission six months to decide whether to grant a wind facility permit. The commission received the Crocker application July 25 and held a public input hearing Sept. 13 at Clark. . . .
On October 14, 2017, Brad Johnson wrote a column in the Watertown Public Opinion titled “Go Slow OK’ing Wind Farms.” Brad wrote a great letter about the wind energy scam, crony capitalism, inefficiency, health problems and more. I read this online, so below the column in the comment section was this statement from Greg Alvarez from the American Wind Energy Association: “The average wind turbine generates electricity 90 percent of the time.” On October 23, in the Omaha World Herald . . .
After being stuck behind an illegally-parked convoy on 260th Street west of Corson that stopped to confirm its load of wind turbine pieces was secure for transportation, two area residents shared their concern with the Brandon City Council. “I’m here because it’s finally gone too far, and I’m trying to send this message I’m super frustrated with,” said Todd Dathe. Dathe attended the council’s regular meeting Monday, Oct. 16, with Cory Hanson, and showed Brandon Police Chief Dave Kull photo . . .
Hughes County Commission amends ordinances for large wind farms, giving an OK to California company’s plan
Things remained relatively calm on Monday at a special public hearing in Pierre on the Hughes County Commission’s plan to change key zoning ordinances for large wind energy farms and the tall-towered turbines that harvest the power in the breezes. In the end, the Commission sort of split the difference: it voted to change the county ordinance to add restrictions to windmill farms, but didn’t get even close to the restrictions opponents of the project voiced. The Commission heard firm . . .
The Hughes County Commission is expecting a large crowd for the public hearing on Monday on proposed changes to county ordinances for wind farms in the county. The commission has moved the public hearing, which will take place at 5:40 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16, during the commission’s regular semi-monthly meeting, to the largest third-floor courtroom in the courthouse, because they know that the cozy commission room on the courthouse’s second floor won’t hold the numbers of interested citizens expected to . . .
Codington County Commissioners and area residents seemingly impressed by the proposed Dakota Range Wind turbine project in northern Codington, southwestern Roberts and Grant counties need to ask harder questions. Is this good for South Dakota? Or, are we blindly helping raise our monthly electric rates and taxes as we subsidize a wind system that economically cannot be justified. Northeastern South Dakota is beginning to understand what the southeastern and central part of our state has been fighting for the past . . .
The only wind Apex Clean Energy officials are feeling thus far in northeast South Dakota are the prairie breezes that would spin the proposed Dakota Range Wind project turbines. David Lau, DRW project manager, said there has been “very, very light” opposition to the Apex Clean Energy project that ACE officials hope will be generating power by 2021. Lau claimed the number, height and exact placement of the towers has not yet been decided. The project could eventually include two . . .
A California-based energy company has proposed building between 150 and 200 industrial wind turbines in Hughes County to produce and sell electricity. These turbines will stand between 400 and 500 feet high and generate some tax revenue, as well as lease payments to local landowners, many of whom are farmers and ranchers. The extra money sounds great, but there are hidden costs to everything. In this case, as in many other wind-farm proposals, neighbors are beginning to turn on one . . .
A planning panel approved tighter rules on wind farms in Hughes County this week and heard from a large crowd of interested people on the provisional decision. The changes now will come before the county commission and will get another formal public hearing, before being encoded in the county’s ordinances. About 30 people showed up Monday night as the county’s planning-and-zoning committee gave its final approval to earlier changes that it had discussed, said County Manager Kevin Hipple. He provides . . .