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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.

March 22, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Grant County Commissioners hear concerns about future wind energy development plans involving the county

While many landowners in northeastern South Dakota feel utilizing wind power as a viable energy resource for the future will be a good thing for the economy and the environment, there are others who feel much differently about the issue. At this week’s Grant County Commissioners meeting, the board heard from Kelly Owen, an area livestock producer who noted concerns with the current setback requirements that are in place for installing wind turbines for new wind energy farms. Upon further . . . Complete story »

March 21, 2018 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Foreign control

Last week I learned that Infinity Renewables was purchased by Engie North America, a division of Engie, a large multinational corporation (70 countries) based in France. Infinity is the company proposing a 300-plus wind turbine project east of Pierre. In October 2017 Prevailing Winds LLC, an investor group sold their unbuilt project near Tripp to sPower, another multinational corporation owned by AIMco from Canada and by AES. Last week I attended a zoning meeting in Turner County, S.D., and the . . . Complete story »

March 17, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind worries wage on: New Davison Co. group pitches one-mile turbine setback

Lance Koth made it crystal clear that a new grassroots group in Davison County in South Dakota isn’t against the concept of wind energy. They just prefer turbines find the right home. The group is called Citizens for Responsible Development, a small nonprofit organization made up of a core team of approximately 15 to 20 people interested in wind energy systems. “We’re not against wind energy at all, it’s just a matter of we felt that it’s important for us . . . Complete story »

March 17, 2018 • Opinions, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind foes shouting to be heard

Codington County Commission-ers will vote shortly on a wind energy ordinance that will transform the landscape north and east of Watertown. Before they vote, they should think hard about who they represent, the voters who are their neighbors, or the wind industry representatives who entice land owners to give up property rights in anticipation of profits. Elected officials are told millions of dollars in property tax will come their way. Strapped with tight budgets they are enticed by the Sirens’ . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind tower ordinances established

It took two working sessions and eight total hours, but the Codington County Planning Commission finally has revised wind tower ordinances proposals ready to put up to a formal commission vote. For approximately five hours Monday night at the Codington County Extension Complex, the commission came up with proposed ordinance revisions that, among other things, would establish wind tower setback limits of one mile from city limits of each municipality and zoned town districts including Waverly, Kampeska Village and Grover. . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental assessment done for Clark County wind proposal

The Crocker wind farm proposed in Clark County has 14 turbine sites that would be swapped for other ground because they are on federal grassland easements, according an environmental assessment from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The federal agency released a report Wednesday on the project. Geronimo Energy, the project developer, wants to build 120 wind towers on a variety of privately held properties, including the 14 federal easements. The report said Geronimo Energy would voluntarily swap land with . . . Complete story »

February 23, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm opponents say profit drove vote for turbines in Deuel County

A group of landowners say at least two members of the Deuel County Board of Adjustment that voted to permit a wind energy project in January will profit from it. Fourteen people signed on to a lawsuit in the eastern South Dakota county this week that asks a judge overturn the board’s decision granting those permits. In addition to conflict of interest, the landowners say the board failed to properly consider their objections and to issue written findings verifying that . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

SD economy could be helped with a 50-year ban on wind development

Two issues are coming to light in this year’s legislative session: “economic development” and a new one “wind energy” and the problems it is causing. This week I saw a good friend of mine make a choice. He bought a house in Sioux Falls and is selling (hopefully) his beautiful retirement home in rural South Dakota. He had hoped to live in the country another 10 years, but 200 projected wind turbines changed his mind. As the wind developers and . . . Complete story »

February 17, 2018 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

No economic boon for Tripp

I read the front-page article in The Daily Republic Saturday entitled “Economic troubles in Tripp.” When the Beethoven Wind Farm was built in the Tripp area in 2013, the Tripp community was promised this “economic boon.” What has happened since then? The Tripp School District is on life support with an opt out, the grocery store has closed, re-opened and now closed for good, and the Good Samaritan Home is closing in March. Tripp had a lot more jobs before . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

No decision made about wind farms

Three hours wasn’t enough Wednesday afternoon for the Codington County Planning and Zoning Commission to come up with an updated draft of wind tower ordinances that met the satisfaction of participating and non-participating landowners. In front of more than 50 people gathered into the Codington County Extension Complex, the commission took public comments as it set out to revise many current ordinances sparked in part by the announcement from wind energy companies of plans to build hundreds of towers in . . . Complete story »

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