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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.

January 16, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

S.D. board OKs millions in refunds to wind farms

A South Dakota board approved more than $13 million of reinvestment payments to four wind projects Wednesday. The state Board of Economic Development also made a loan of $787,500 to Advanced Ag Products. The Canton company blends feed for poultry and swine. The reinvestment payments are allowed under a state law that lets projects get back some or all of their state sales and use taxes. A related law requires the board to consider whether the project would have happened . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Regulators give tight waiver for S.D. wind farm

A wind facility can continue building in northeastern South Dakota this winter. But it now faces more conditions from state government’s permitting agency. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to give a temporary waiver to NextEra Energy for the Crowned Ridge Wind facility in Grant and Codington counties. NextEra wanted the waiver because crews had installed noise-reduction devices on only eight of 87 units before cold weather shut down work. Temperatures need to stay at least 50 . . . Complete story »

December 31, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Waiver request for $400M wind farm project deferred by S.D. regulators

Public Utilities Commission Chairman Chris Nelson wasn’t impressed with NextEra’s management of the project and failure to explain certain aspects of the project during previous hearings. “The compliance with the permit is foundation. A name plate, sound and flicker — these are not new to the process,” Nelson said. "At the very least this needs to be deferred until we get some answers.” Nelson said if the decisions isn’t deferred, his other option would be to deny the waiver. Complete story »

December 31, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Northeastern SD wind project faces more questions from state utilities commission

State regulators have delayed a decision whether a wind-power project can continue to be built in northeastern South Dakota. Crowned Ridge Wind already has a permit from the state Public Utilities Commission for 87 towers in Grant and Codington counties. But NextEra Energy recently asked for a temporary waiver so the Florida-based company can start generating electricity as soon as possible. NextEra specifically needs warmer weather of a minimum 50 degrees F to install noise-reducing attachments on all of the . . . Complete story »

December 21, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Unexpectedly, a S.D. wind farm is in a tight spot

A new wind energy facility in northeastern South Dakota faces a substantial financial penalty if the project doesn’t start before 2019 ends. That’s why the state Public Utilities Commission has decided to hold a special meeting, either December 30 or 31, on a temporary waiver that Crowned Ridge Wind wants. The developer, NextEra Energy Resources, has agreed to sell the electricity to Northern States Power, also known as Xcel Energy. The contract however calls for a penalty of $75,000 per . . . Complete story »

December 16, 2019 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind scam worsens

I read the article about Davison County taking wind turbine blades in the city’s landfill. Isn’t it interesting the wind developers told us these monstrosities were good for 30 years, but after 10 years the blades are shot? They’re not worn out. They just want to put on bigger ones to collect more subsidies. Such a coincidence that the Production Tax Credit last 10 years (worth about $3 million per turbine) and the blades get replaced after 10 years. I . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Despite tight state funds, S.D. projects get millions of dollars in sales-tax rebates

Several more wind parks and cattle farms are getting rewarded by state government for making investments in South Dakota. The South Dakota Board of Economic Development decided Wednesday to return more than $9 million of the state sales and use taxes that had been paid on the four projects. The board’s actions came one week after Governor Kristi Noem had told the Legislature she expected only about $23 million more in ongoing revenue for state government’s general fund in the . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

County board approves wind turbine dismantling work

Commissioner John Claggett said he was “deluged” with calls, asking why the county would accept wind turbines when the commission has not allowed wind turbines to be built in the county. He said governing bodies aren’t doing enough to hold wind energy companies and supporters accountable. “I’m getting asked, ‘We don’t have active wind farms here, why do we bring that in?'" he said. "I understand those arguments. Can’t envision why this is called recycling when it’s thrown away. ... It’s really not recycling. It’s garbage.” Complete story »

December 10, 2019 • North Dakota, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC grants Xcel Energy an ‘advanced determination of prudence’ for a SD wind farm

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has approved an “advanced determination of prudence” for a proposed 151.2 megawatt wind farm in South Dakota. Xcel Energy asked for that determination. “It’s to meet its obligation under an electric service agreement with Honeycrisp Power, a subsidiary of Google,” PSC Chairman Brian Kroshus said. “It will provide electric service to Google’s proposed data center, to be loacted at the Sherco generation station property in Becker, Minnesota.” Google wants to build a $600 million . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

City, county prepare to allow wind turbine demolition business

Who will take the old, unrecyclable blades that are being replaced on South Dakota’s wind turbines? The city of Mitchell is positioning to take those in, and a Davison County board gave a Mitchell business approval to dismantle blades Tuesday. Bob Ball, who runs H&R Salvage of Mitchell, is in the business of destroying blades, something he says he’s already doing with success in Iowa, where the issue has become a hot topic with increasingly aging blades. Ball is already . . . Complete story »

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