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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.


July 9, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

S.D. regulators deal with rural opponents’ sound issues at two wind farms

A rancher agreed Wednesday he would cooperate with a wind-project developer on sound testing at his property in Charles Mix County. Sherman Fuerniss told the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission that he let Prevailing Wind Park know that cattle roaming around his house could damage the testing equipment. “This is what we live with every day. We have livestock around,” Fuerniss said. He suggested using three corral panels to form a protective triangle around the equipment. Commissioner Chris Nelson said . . . Complete story »


June 12, 2020 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy making South Dakota ugly

I read Governor Noem’s article where she says, “I think South Dakota is one of the most beautiful places in the world.” The world is a big place. Her policy on wind turbines is to cover the state with them and if the Production Tax Credit is in place, that is exactly what will happen. In Washington we have Thune and Grassley lobbying the Secretary of the Treasury to get extended perks for the multinational corporations that own wind farms . . . Complete story »


May 13, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wagner men claim local wind turbines violate county commission agreement

That affidavit stated Prevailing Wind Park agreed to ensure wind turbines constructed in Charles Mix County met a number of criteria related to noise, lighting, shadow flicker and ice. Among the criteria specified were that noise levels from turbines were not to exceed 43 dBA without a waiver at residences of those who weren't participating in the project and that either control systems would automatically shut down turbines or Prevailing Wind Park would do so manually when ice conditions were identified. Powers and Petrik asserted in their affidavit that those noise and ice criteria are not being met, that some of Prevailing Wind Park's building permits for the turbines expired in January and that the county commission, based on its agreement with Pawlowski, has no authority to make Prevailing Wind Park comply with that agreement. Complete story »


May 7, 2020 • Iowa, South Dakota, U.S., WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Not so green energy: Hundreds of non-recyclable fiberglass wind turbine blades are pictured piling up in landfill

Incredible photos have revealed the final resting place of massive wind turbine blades that cannot be recycled, and are instead heaped up in piles in landfills. The municipal landfill in Casper, Wyoming, is the repository of at least 870 discarded blades, and one of the few locations in the country that accepts the massive fiberglass objects. Built to withstand hurricane winds, the turbine blades cannot easily be crushed or recycled. About 8,000 of the blades are decommissioned in the U.S. . . . Complete story »


May 6, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Hughes County Commission approves four month moratorium on wind projects

The Hughes County Commission has put a hold on approving any new wind projects in the County. County Planning and Zoning officials have started to review Hughes County’s ordinances on wind energy development. Commissioner Roger Inman says there are some areas of focus… http://www.todayskccr.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/windstop1.mp3 “One was the higher towers and the setbacks for that and I think they came up with; they wanted to look at some haul roads and I think….” “Haul road and decommissioning…” “Decommissioning, yes! The cost . . . Complete story »


May 6, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

S.D. regulators open docket for a 64-turbine wind farm planned in Hyde County

State regulators have set a hearing next month to gather input from the public on a wind-power facility proposed for central South Dakota. ENGIE North America Inc. wants a permit from the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission to build a 64-turbine project in Hyde County to convert wind into electricity. The $220 million Meridian Wind Project would be located in Van Order, Eagle, Chapelle, Highmore, and Holabird townships. The public-input meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. . . . Complete story »


May 2, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

S.D. regulators tell wind farm to get ready for sound tests, amid COVID-19 travel restrictions

A 60-day window starts July 1 for a South Dakota wind-power farm to show that the combined sound from its 57 turbines doesn’t exceed 40 decibels at the homes of anyone who’s not participating in the project. The state Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 on Wednesday to continue requiring verification from Prevailing Wind Park. The project is in Bon Homme, Charles Mix and Hutchinson counties. Section 42 of the commission’s permit for the project requires the sound level be checked . . . Complete story »


April 30, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PUC pushes back sound compliance period to July 1 for Prevailing Wind farm

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission moved back the compliance period for the nearly $320 million Prevailing Wind Park project to July 1, but continued to require the company operating the wind farm to comply with sound requirements within 60 days. During a teleconference meeting Wednesday, the PUC denied the request of Prevailing Wind Park, which is operated by SPower to extend the compliance period from 60 to 120 days, but agreed to move back the start date to July . . . Complete story »


April 29, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Developer asks for delay in sound compliance as Prevailing Wind Park turbines are completed

Nearly 60 wind turbines in Bon Homme, Charles Mix and Hutchinson counties are now operational, but the builders of the almost $320 million wind farm are asking South Dakota officials to delay sound compliance requirements due to coronavirus. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will consider the request from Prevailing Wind Park in a teleconference meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Attorney Lisa Agrimonti, of Fredrikson and Byron law firm in Minneapolis, is representing the wind farm. Agrimonti wrote the PUC . . . Complete story »


April 23, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Report: South Dakota led nation in 2019 wind energy growth

South Dakota grew its wind energy capacity at a rate more than twice as high as any other state in 2019 and could double that capacity in the next few years, according to a recently released report. The state had 50 percent more wind energy resources in 2019 than in 2018, the American Wind Energy Association’s Wind Powers America 2019 annual report indicated, and South Dakota now generates 23.9 percent of its electricity from wind, making it one of six . . . Complete story »


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