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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.

October 13, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm plans call for turbines in Grant, Roberts countie

A new 36-turbine wind farm under consideration in Roberts and Grant counties would be the third in that area for Apex Clean Energy. The Virginia-based company is planning Dakota Range Wind III in the years to come. According to a map showing the approximate sites for the turbines, it will be in the southwest corner of Roberts County and the northwest corner of Grant County. Senior Development Manager Mark Mauersberger said it will be the third 150-megawatt project for Apex . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Supreme Court says Deuel County auditor was right when she refused to hold election

PIERRE – Deuel County Auditor Pam Lynde followed state law when she found there weren’t sufficient valid signatures on petitions seeking a special election on changes made in 2017 to the county wind-farm ordinance, the South Dakota Supreme Court said. Four citizens asked Circuit Judge Carmen Means to order Lynde and the Deuel County Commission to hold the election. Judge Means turned down the request. Justice Steven Jensen wrote the unanimous decision of the court upholding the circuit judge and the . . . Complete story »

September 22, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PUC will let witnesses testify from afar on wind-farm case

PIERRE – The state Public Utilities Commission ruled Friday that opponents could subpoena information from county governments and witnesses could testify by telephone or videoconference when a wind-farm project comes up for a permit hearing next month. Prevailing Wind Park wants the commission’s permission to construct 61 turbines on 50,364 acres of private ground between Avon, Tripp and Wagner in Bon Homme, Charles Mix and Hutchinson counties. The four-day hearing opens at 9 a.m. Oct. 9. “The proposed project would have . . . Complete story »

September 20, 2018 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Gone with the wind

Wind farms? What a joke. There is nothing farm-like or agricultural about 500- to 600-foot industrial wind towers. Imagine our beautiful Coteau and Glacial Lakes region covered by hundreds of monstrosities. Deuel alone has approximately 320 proposed wind towers with more projects in the works. Codington and Grant have about as many. To put these into perspective, the water tower in the SE edge of Watertown is approximately 150 feet tall, and not spinning, or creating noise, infrasound, or shadow . . . Complete story »

September 12, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Appeal filed against approval of Dakota Range Wind project

MILBANK – Northeast S.D. residents have filed an appeal against the S.D. Public Utilities Commission’s July 23 approval of the Dakota Range Wind project. Dakota Range Wind I and II will initially place towers in Codington and Grant Counties. A followup project would place more towers into Grant and also into Roberts County. Attorney for the interveners is John Wiles of the Watertown firm Wiles & Rylance. One of interveners listed on the appeal is Kristi Mogen, who along with her . . . Complete story »

September 12, 2018 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Zoning a mixed bag

Mitchell’s Daily Republic had an article on the 1st of September titled “Area Counties See ‘Mixed Bag’ for Zoning”. District III Community Development Specialist Brian McGinnis stated “some companies are preparing to repower wind tower systems, even after as few as 10 years, such as bigger blades and upgraded motor systems.” Simply put; bigger blades cutting through the air equates to larger subsidies collected. This should be front and center on the SD DENR’s radar. What’s going to happen to . . . Complete story »

September 10, 2018 • Minnesota, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Future massive wind turbines in MN face blowback from neighbors

The most powerful wind turbines ever seen in the state could soon be built in southwest Minnesota. The state needs to approve the proposed wind farm. The industry is ramping up turbine size in the name of efficiency, but the skyscraper-sized machines are also attracting more public opposition. Locals love the gentle lapping of waves against the rocky shore of Lake Cochrane in eastern South Dakota. It’s less than a mile from the Minnesota border. But some residents including Ron . . . Complete story »

September 2, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Area counties see ‘mixed bag’ for zoning

Wind energy projects and commercial animal feeding operations remain a big topic of conversation for area county commissions and boards. And they’re not expected to go away anytime soon. A “mixed bag” of zoning issues was discussed this week during the Planning and Development District III regular meeting held at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell. District III Community Development Specialist Brian McGinnis said counties are primarily in the crosshairs because of those two topics. “Every county is dealing with . . . Complete story »

August 22, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm wins OK

TYNDALL – By approving three motions, the Bon Homme County Commission provided a major boost Tuesday to a proposed $297 million wind farm between Tripp and Avon. The Prairie Wind Park would cover approximately 50,000 acres of land in Bon Homme, Charles Mix and Hutchinson counties. It would be located near the current Beethoven wind farm. The commissioners’ approval of the three motions Tuesday didn’t mean they were approving the wind farm at this time. Instead, they decided the project was . . . Complete story »

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 »

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