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Wind Power News: South Dakota

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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.


August 8, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Bon Homme County faces wind farm decision

TYNDALL – The Bon Homme County Commission expects to decide later this month whether a proposed $297 million wind farm complies with the county zoning ordinance. Prevailing Wind project manager Roland Jurgens met Tuesday with the commission and other county officials. He presented a permit application – several inches thick – for the proposed wind farm north of Avon and southwest of Tripp. Bon Homme County Zoning Administrator Eric Elsberry emphasized what was – and wasn’t – expected of the commissioners at this time. “This . . . Complete story »


August 8, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Regulators OK public contact for Crocker Wind; set permit schedule for Prevailing Wind

PIERRE – Two projects in the James River Valley that would convert wind to electricity moved forward Tuesday. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved a public liaison person for Crocker Wind Farm in Clark County. The project received the commission’s OK earlier this summer. Meanwhile the commission Tuesday set a schedule in a separate docket on whether Prevailing Wind Park could build in Bon Homme, Charles Mix and Hutchinson counties. The evidentiary hearing starts Oct. 9 and possibly continues . . . Complete story »


July 25, 2018 • Minnesota, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power company meets opposition on Lake Cochrane

LAKE COCHRANE, S.D. – The attempt by a London, England, company to build a wind farm in Yellow Medicine County is meeting resistance from a small community just across the South Dakota border The resistance to the project by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has rang all the way to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission who may be issuing the permits. “We’re in the midst of negotiating with RES,” said Ron Ruud, current president of the Lake Cochrane Improvement Association. “If they . . . Complete story »


July 24, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

With wind farm expansion proposed, Campbell County mulls planning, zoning ordinances

A proposed wind farm expansion in Campbell County has prompted local officials to consider adopting temporary planning and zoning controls. A “large delegation” of residents voiced their concerns over the proposed 39-turbine expansion of the existing 55-turbine wind farm owned by ConEdison, according to the July 6 Campbell County Commission meeting minutes. The residents discussed possible health issues, noise and setback distances of the towers during the commission meeting. “ConEdison is in the process of getting landowners to sign contracts . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

County board approves wind farm permit

The planned Crowned Ridge electrical wind project, owned by NextEra Energy Resources, moved a step closer to realization Monday night when the Codington County Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a conditional use permit allowing for the construction of 164 wind towers in northern Codington County. The board’s approval came after a five-hour meeting where board members, which included Codington County Commission Chair Myron Johnson, heard public testimony from a few dozen citizens and energy representatives both for and against the . . . Complete story »


July 16, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

South Dakota regulators seek input on $297M wind project operated by Utah-based company

South Dakota regulators are considering public input on a $297 million wind project proposed for southeastern counties. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission held a public hearing Thursday on the permit application for the proposed Prevailing Wind Park Energy facility. Utah-based sPower would own and operate the 61-turbine project on approximately 50,000 acres of land in Bon Homme, Charles Mix and Hutchinson counties. The company would sell the electricity to North Dakota-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Landowners and residents voiced . . . Complete story »


July 13, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm views aired

AVON – Despite sweltering temperatures and sound system issues in the gymnasium, an estimated 200 people kept their cool during Thursday’s public hearing for a proposed wind farm near Avon. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) conducted the hearing on the permit application for the proposed Prevailing Wind Park Energy facility. The project would be located on approximately 50,000 acres of land in Bon Homme, Charles Mix and Hutchinson counties. The site would be located north of Avon and southwest . . . Complete story »


July 13, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Emotionally charged discussion on wind project

AVON—With both supporters and opponents getting their way, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission heard public testimony Thursday about the 61-turbine, $297 million wind project proposed for the Avon area. About 175 people were in attendance at the Avon High School gym regarding the Prevailing Wind Park LLC project, which is seeking a wind production permit from the PUC in late 2018 to begin commercial operation on the project in Bon Homme, Charles Mix and Hutchinson counties by late 2019. . . . Complete story »


July 11, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Dakota Range gets state approval for Watertown wind-farm project

PIERRE – Developers received state government’s approval Tuesday to construct the Dakota Range wind project in Grant and Codington counties. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission agreed to issue a construction permit. The project would have up to 72 turbines and cost an estimated $380 million. State laws establish requirements for wind-electricity generation. “I believe the project has met that burden,” Commissioner Chris Nelson said. Steve Kolbeck, the South Dakota manager for Xcel Energy, and a former commission member, watched . . . Complete story »


July 6, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

State regulators consider OK for Dakota Range wind farm

PIERRE – The Dakota Range project that would turn wind into electricity 10 miles northeast of Watertown in Codington and Grant counties faces a final decision Tuesday from South Dakota regulators. The state Public Utilities Commission has scheduled a special meeting that starts at 1:30 p.m. CT at the Capitol. The commission held a hearing last month on the project. It would have up to 72 turbines and cost an estimated $380 million. Northern States Power, doing business as Xcel . . . Complete story »


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