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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 13, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

French company wants to build second wind farm in South Dakota

A multinational French energy company, Engie, gained approval Tuesday to begin the permitting process for a $285 million proposed wind farm in South Dakota. The North Bend Wind Project would be Engie’s second wind farm in the state. The 200 megawatt, 71-turbine wind farm would be located on nearly 47,000 acres in Hughes and Hyde counties, south of Harrold and north of the Crow Creek Reservation and Missouri River. North Bend made its first appearance before the Public Utilities Commission . . . Complete story »


June 25, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-power project proposed south of Harrold

State regulators have received a permit application for another wind-power project in central South Dakota. ENGIE North America wants to build the 71-turbine North Bend project between Harrold and the Missouri River in western Hyde and eastern Hughes counties. The state Public Utilities Commission has tentatively scheduled a community meeting for August 11. ENGIE has the Triple H wind farm just east of the 200-megawatt North Bend project. Earlier this year the company withdrew an application for a proposed Meridian . . . Complete story »


June 16, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Low bid to repair 60-plus miles of Codington County roads comes in at $8.1 million

Roads damaged while building a wind farm in Codington County will cost at least $8.1 million to repair, according to bids opened by county commissioners during their Tuesday meeting. NextEra, which oversaw the wind energy project, will cover the cost. Commissioners opened and reviewed three bids for the work: Duininck Inc.of Prinsburg, Minn.: $8.1 million, the low bid. Bituminous Paving of Ortonville, Minn.: $8.9 million. Border States of Fargo, N.D.: $11.4 million. No action was taken, but commissioners will revisit the topic . . . Complete story »


June 14, 2021 • Opinions, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

South Dakota rocked again as a wind turbine plant shuts its doors

John F. Kerry, the special presidential envoy for climate, said only months ago that those losing fossil fuel jobs in coal and hydraulic fracturing will find they have a better choice in jobs in either the solar industry or as wind turbine technicians. That was then. Now, a wind blade manufacturing plant located in Aberdeen, South Dakota has announced it is shutting its doors permanently in less than two months. The disappearance of Molded Fiber Glass will displace over three . . . Complete story »


June 12, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

S.D. regulators want wind-project reports

The state Public Utilities Commission plans to start having wind project developers file periodic progress reports on a voluntary basis for their South Dakota sites. The purpose is to assist the commission in ensuring that developers comply with permit conditions in a timely manner. South Dakota has seen 25 wind projects that required permits. “We tried to make it as short as possible but still get the information that we need, and I think we were able to accomplish that,” . . . Complete story »


April 14, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

S.D. wind farm gets extra time to file report

A new wind farm already producing electricity in northeastern South Dakota will get an additional four months to comply with a reporting deadline. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission agreed Tuesday that Tatanka Ridge Wind LLC can have until August 5 to file drawings to the agency. But commissioners decided that in the meantime the 56-turbine project, near Toronto and Brandt in Deuel County, must submit twice-monthly updates. The commission’s November 27, 2019, permit for the project included a condition . . . Complete story »


April 14, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

South Dakota’s wind farm boom likely at end of its tailwind, say state officials

PIERRE, S.D. – The wind farm tsunami generating record one-time money for the state legislature this past cycle may’ve been a circumstantial fluke. “In 2018, we permitted three wind farms. In 2019, six wind farms. In 2020, one wind farm,” Chris Nelson, chair of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, told Forum News Service on Tuesday, April 13. “And we have got none on our plate right now.” Earlier on Tuesday, the South Dakota PUC approved an extension on a post-construction . . . Complete story »


April 6, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

State regulators want a look-back at results from Crowned Ridge wind project’s sound study

A facility to turn wind into electricity in northeastern South Dakota that state regulators permitted in 2019 must do another study this fall on how much sound from its 87 turbines can be heard at several homes in the project area. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission ordered Crowned Ridge in Grant and Codington counties to take a second look. The decision comes after an outside consultant for the commission reviewed the company’s results from last fall at six locations. . . . Complete story »


February 17, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines affected by cold temperatures

These cold temperatures are also affecting wind turbines. Officials say it’s not the main reason for what’s going on with the electrical grid, but is certainly adding to the problem. In 2019, wind accounted for nearly 20 percent of the state’s electricity generation. While wind turbines can be helpful in generating electricity, there are times when they aren’t able to run efficiently. The Southwest Power Pool, which oversees the electrical grid for most of the central part of the country . . . Complete story »


February 16, 2021 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Conserve electricity – wind power no help

This morning (Feb. 15) I woke up to 27 below. I looked outside at the 14 wind turbines I see from my window, not one was turning. All day yesterday (Feb. 14) the Oahe Electric staff was putting out alerts on social media asking people to limit showers, grain drying, drying clothes, baking, etc. because electricity was in dangerously short supply. They said, “there were limited wind resources from North Dakota to Arkansas.” Did you know that wind turbines actually . . . Complete story »


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