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Wind Power News: South Dakota
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Nobody showed up to speak about a sound level complaint against Crowned Ridge Wind LLC, a wind power company based in South Dakota. Amber Christenson, the plaintiff in the complaint, was not present to state her argument when the evidentiary meeting occurred in Pierre on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The wind power company made news when a group of landowners in Grant and Codington Counties appealed the PUC’s decision to grant the company a permit to develop a 132-turbine wind farm. . . . Complete story »
“We got screwed over,” one White Lake landowner said. “The politicians in Pierre socialized the wind farm money that was supposed to go locally.” Wind farm developments around the state, sold as a boon for the tax base of local schools, now only fulfill that promise for a few years due to statewide education funding changes. White Lake, S.D. – Jim Headley thought the terms of the Prairie Winds wind farm were straightforward. While he and other landowners who allowed turbines . . . Complete story »
The permitting process for a proposed wind farm along the Hughes/Hyde County is moving again after being put on pause this spring. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved a joint stipulation and second revised procedural schedule for the 72-turbine North Bend Wind Farm project. Arron Scheibe with May Adam, the Pierre law firm representing North Bend, says North Bend is good with the proposed schedule. Michael and Judi Bollweg of rural Harrold are the only recognized intervenors to the . . . Complete story »
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has asked for an additional sound testing for a wind farm development in Codington, Deuel and Grant counties. Xcel Energy was open to completing a follow-up study for its Crowned Ridge II development following a hearing with the commission on Aug. 30. During that hearing, landowner Greg Wall requested a second sound study. Both Wall and his sister live near turbines in the development. One turbine is 1,840 feet from his sister’s place and . . . Complete story »
The South Dakota Supreme Court upheld decisions by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission to allow expert testimony and issue a permit for the development of a wind farm in Codington, Grand and Deuel counties. The Supreme Court opinions, filed Aug. 3, upheld the permit issued for the Crowned Ridge Wind development, a 132-turbine wind farm hoping to produce 300.6 megawatts of electricity and decisions to allow testimony from two experts. The Crowned Ridge Wind development was originally pitched as . . . Complete story »
Michael Bollweg, owner of Tumbleweed Lodge in Hughes County, opposes the development of a nearby $300 million wind farm partly out of concern for his pheasant and grouse hunting operation. His aunt, Jan Bollweg-Krull, however favors the 47,000-acre Harrold-area development that will include 71 wind towers in Hughes and Hyde counties, two of which will be on her land. Both spoke during a standing-room-only Wednesday public hearing before the Hughes County Board of Adjustments. After listening to about 15 people . . . Complete story »
Harlan Smith will never lease his land to a wind farm. The 76-year-old, who farms 9,200 acres in Hughes, Hyde and Sully counties, believes wind farms are an inefficient way to produce electricity, an eyesore, noisy and turn properties into landfills when no longer useful. On the other hand, Hyde County farmer Nick Nemec favors the development of wind farms. “It’s a nice source of income,” Nemec, who has one wind turbine on his 5,000 acres, said. “We get paid . . . Complete story »
The proposed wind farm development in Hughes and Hyde counties could create more construction jobs in the area, if the project moves forward. Lead developer Anthony Crutch said Birmingham-based ENGINE North America’s project would create 400 construction jobs and the company wants to work with contractors in the area. “ENGIE plans to source local support for construction,” Crutch said on Monday. The completed project will require eight to ten full-time employees. Construction on 71 wind towers is expected to start . . . Complete story »
Hughes County has scheduled a public hearing before their Board of Adjustment to consider a conditional use permit for the North Bend Wind Project. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at 5:30 pm in the large courtroom on the third floor of the Hughes County Courthouse. The public is encouraged to attend. The North Bend Wind Project is a 200 MW project that is proposed in Hughes and Hyde Counties, South Dakota. As proposed, the project would be . . . Complete story »
Hughes County could get its first wind farm in the future. ENGIE North America of Santa Barbara would like to develop a nearly 47,000-acre wind farm that spans Hughes and Hyde counties, Eric Booth, planning director and building official for Hughes County, said. Of the proposed 71 wind towers for the North Bend Wind Project, 27 would be in eastern Hughes County. The development is reportedly expected to cost $285 million. ENGIE has leased 24,591 acres in Harrold and Pleasant . . . Complete story »