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Wind Power News: South Dakota

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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.


June 17, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

$297M wind farm project now in PUC process

In June 2016, Prevailing Wind Park, LLC filed an application with the PUC for a 200-megawatt wind farm with up to 100 turbines but didn’t have all of the land rights secured or a company to take the energy that would be produced. Two months later, the application was withdrawn. This time, sPower has obtained the land rights needed, has secured county permits, and is scheduled to connect with the nearby transmission line that runs from the Fort Randall Dam to Utica Junction to Sioux City, Iowa. Complete story »


June 12, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners vote to approve Ordinance 68 following failed amendment

Codington County’s updated ordinance on setback distances from wind energy towers will not be amended. The county’s five-person board of commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of an amendment offered May 8 by commissioner Lee Gabel, but the motion needed a two-thirds majority, or four yes votes, to be adopted. The ordinance in question is 68, which Gabel called a quantum leap above its predecessor Ordinance 65. Gabel’s amendment dealt with only a small portion of Ordinance 68 – how far towers . . . Complete story »


June 9, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PUC orders new wind farm to hire public liaison officer

PIERRE – A wind farm in Clark County that could have up to 120 turbines received a state permit Friday. But one of the additional requirements was an outside party must be selected to field any complaints about the project from landowners, neighbors, local officials or others. The decision marked the first time the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission placed such a condition on a wind farm. The commission staff made the recommendation based on the conduct of Minnesota-based developer Geronimo . . . Complete story »


June 9, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Crocker Wind Farm receives PUC approval with stipulations

PIERRE – A wind farm in Clark County that could have up to 120 turbines received a state permit Friday. But one of the additional requirements was an outside party must be selected to field any complaints about the project from landowners, neighbors, local officials or others. The decision marked the first time the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission placed such a condition on a wind farm. The commission staff made the recommendation based on the conduct of Minnesota-based developer . . . Complete story »


June 1, 2018 • Opinions, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power no friend to environment

Proponents of wind power like to emphasize the environmental benefits of “clean energy.” It does not deplete natural resources, we are told. It reduces carbon dioxide and it is better for public health. But there is more to the story as evidenced by a brief filed Tuesday in regards to the Crocker Wind Farm, LLC’s project. According to opponents, or “intervenors” as they are called, this wind farm has serious environmental impacts. At a minimum, opponents want the PUC to . . . Complete story »


May 22, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Lawyer for Dakota Range wins a key ruling against interveners

State regulators agreed Monday to bar interveners from introducing third-party exhibits at a permit hearing for a wind farm planned in northeastern South Dakota. The state Public Utilities Commission ruled unanimously for the Dakota Range project proposed in Grant and Codington counties. The prohibition affects several exhibits from Teresa Kaaz of South Shore and more than 30 exhibits from Kristi Mogen of Twin Brooks. Mollie Smith, a lawyer for a Minneapolis law firm, sought the ban. “Like Ms. Kaaz, Ms. . . . Complete story »


May 10, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Revised wind regulations remain in limbo after 3-2 vote

Revised regulations for wind energy systems in Codington County remain in limbo. Ordinance 68 dealing with wind energy had its second reading Tuesday and could have been approved at the county commission meeting. Commissioner Lee Gabel, however, proposed an amendment that essentially increases the distance towers must be located from the properties of both those who will accept towers on their land and those who won’t. On a 3-2 vote the commissioners agreed to take action on the amendment at . . . Complete story »


May 3, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

County board hears about wind power during meeting

A group opposed to the Dakota Range Wind project will have to wait a week to request a 180-day moratorium on the wind energy proposal. Save Our State is comprised mainly of citizens from Codington, Grant and Deuel Counties who are against wind turbines being placed in those counties. Dakota Range Wind, a proposed project by Apex Clean Energy of New Charlottesville, Va., is awaiting approval from the S.D. Public Utilities Commission to begin putting up wind turbines in Codington . . . Complete story »


April 26, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

County to consider wind energy rules

Earlier this month, the county's commissioners voted unanimously against a nine-turbine wind project proposed for Beulah Township between Mitchell and Mount Vernon. That was the second time in a span of three years that a wind project for that part of the county was turned away in the face of significant public opposition. Complete story »


April 24, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Comment period extended on Crocker wind farm plan

Citizens will have more time to comment on the draft environmental assessment for Crocker Wind Farm proposed in Clark County, according to an announcement Monday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The two-week extension means comments will be accepted until May 8. The wind farm is a wholly owned subsidiary of Geronimo Energy. The proposal would place 14 turbines, associated infrastructure, and 14 transmission poles on USFWS grassland easements in the area. The federal agency opened a 30-day comment . . . Complete story »


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