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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.

January 4, 2018 • Opinions, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Why the recent ‘hype’ for wind energy?

In the past month, we’ve seen a barrage of ads in print, T.V. and social media, urging Sen. John Thune to keep the Production Tax Credit for wind energy intact. There were provisions in both the House and Senate Tax Reform Bills that would have curtailed it. Remember, the PTC was started in 1992, introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, as a “temporary” subsidy to get the wind energy industry on its feet. Now, 26 years and $176 billion in . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2017 • Iowa, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

State regulators’ ruling favors MidAmerican’s plan to ‘repower’ wind

MidAmerican Energy won a favorable ruling from South Dakota regulators Tuesday for its wind turbines already spinning – but in Iowa. It means the company can pursue a second set of production tax credits from the federal government for up to 706 locations. The ‘re-powering’ plan calls for MidAmerican Energy to invest more than $1.3 billion installing longer blades, new gearboxes and other equipment. That’s according to presentations that company officials made to South Dakota Public Utilities Commission members and . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Official: Prevailing Winds Park a ‘go’; New wind farm to be constructed in Avon and Tripp sreas

AVON – During the last two days, the final pieces have fallen into place for a proposed 200-megawatt wind farm in the Avon-Tripp area, the project developers say. The Prevailing Wind Park project will cost an estimated $240 million. The wind farm will consist of up to 100 turbines located in Charles Mix, Bon Homme and Hutchinson counties. “This project is a ‘go’ for us,” said Prevailing Winds LLC board member Erik Johnson. “At best case, we hope to start construction . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Prevailing Wind Park could begin construction in one year

Much like the last time Prevailing Winds proposed the development of a wind farm, some locals voiced strong opposition, citing financial, aesthetic and health reasons. With approximately 40 homes within the project area, plenty of residents are on high alert. In an effort to ease concerns, Johnson said the entire project will utilize Bon Homme County wind ordinance standards in all counties the project touches. Complete story »

December 9, 2017 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Re: ‘Wind Energy Onslaught in South Dakota’

Much has taken place since the Argus Leader published my letter Aug. 11, 2016, regarding the threat posed by wind power to the tranquility of South Dakota. I have regularly been kept abreast of the growing population of wind turbines in S.D., as well as the growing concern of residents who are impacted by sight, sound, feel, and health concerns of these monstrous machines. Unfortunately, the concerns of residents in S.D., across the country, as well as internationally (particularly in . . . Complete story »

December 6, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Molded Fiber Glass closing Aberdeen plant

Molded Fiber Glass announced this morning that it is closing its Aberdeen wind blade plant, which will leave 409 people out of work. As the final orders are fulfilled, employees will begin to be laid off, said Camille Cox, communication representative for the plant. The plant makes blades for wind turbines for General Electric. “There are orders that the company is still going to fill, but it expects a complete shutdown by Feb. 15, (2018),” Cox said. Business continued at . . . Complete story »

December 6, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

State utilities regulators reject a request for extension from Crocker Wind Farm

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission turned down the request from Crocker Wind Farm for reconsideration Tuesday. Commissioner Chris Nelson received yes votes from commissioner Gary Hanson and chairwoman Kristie Fiegen to reject it again. The panel halted the Clark County project Oct. 25. One reason: Crocker Wind Farm submitted multiple layouts for where its turbines would be. Reese Almond, a Sioux Falls lawyer representing landowners from the county, said state law calls for the application to contain one design. . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Utilities regulators will ponder waiver sought for Crocker Wind Farm

PIERRE – The law firm for a company that wants to build a large wind-electricity project in Clark County now wants a waiver from state government regulators. Lawyer Kara Semmler previously worked for the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission as a staff attorney. She and Brett Koenecke now represent Crocker Wind Farm. The commission scheduled consideration of the waiver for Tuesday, Dec. 5. The project application was filed July 25. State law requires the commission to reach decision within six . . . Complete story »

December 2, 2017 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Why all the sudden hype for wind energy?

Have you noticed in the past few weeks the barrage of pro wind energy ads on television, facebook and newspapers? This again came to light this week with the Governor’s column “Wind Power Contributing to South Dakota’s Economy”. Why all the sudden hype for wind energy? Simple: The U.S. House of Representatives has included in their tax reform bill a couple items that could greatly hinder wind energy; the cancellation of inflation factoring in the PTC rate and a new . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Developers ditch wind power easements in Lincoln County

The company behind a controversial wind farm proposal in Lincoln County has terminated its easements with 122 property owners. Dakota Power Community Wind had initially pitched a project that would have become the state’s largest wind farm, capable of producing up to 1,000 megawatts of power through up to 500 turbines. After three years of controversy and a well-organized, countywide pushback from opponents, commissioners passed a setback ordinance so strict the company dubbed it a ban on wind development. Voters . . . Complete story »

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