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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.

September 29, 2022 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

SD PUC set hearing for the North Bend Wind Farm project

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 »

September 15, 2022 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PUC asks for second sound study for wind farm in Codington, Grant, Deuel counties

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 »

August 11, 2022 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Supreme Court upholds PUC decision to grant wind farm permit in northeastern South Dakota

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 »

July 29, 2022 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Hughes board votes 4-1 for wind farm

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 »

July 23, 2022 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Local farmers oppose, favor proposed $300 million wind farm

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 »

July 18, 2022 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm could bring 400 jobs

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 »

July 17, 2022 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Hughes County to hold public hearing on North Bend Wind Project permit July 27

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 »

July 17, 2022 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proposed for Hughes, Hyde counties

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 »

May 14, 2022 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

S.D. Supreme Court rules for wind farm, landowner

The South Dakota Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a circuit judge’s decision in favor of Prevailing Winds LLC and a landowner in Charles Mix County. The state’s high court publicly released the decision Thursday. Circuit Judge David Knoff had ruled against a father, who claimed that a right to first refusal meant his son should have offered to sell farm ground back to the father, rather than be paid for an easement. The father opposed the wind project. Justice Patricia . . . Complete story »

April 11, 2022 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

State panel OKs letter on North Bend Wind

A state government panel that oversees aircraft and airports is sending a letter of concern about a wind-electricity project proposed in central South Dakota. The Aeronautics Commission approved a draft of the letter Wednesday at a special meeting. The decision came after a 30-minute executive session with some state Department of Transportation staff, including Secretary Joel Jundt. The letter will be sent to the state Public Utilities Commission, which is considering whether to grant a permit to the North Bend . . . Complete story »

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