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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 18, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

State regulators fine-tune several S.D. wind-project permits

State regulators reached agreements Tuesday on several small but potentially significant changes on wind-electricity projects they’ve permitted or are considering in different regions of South Dakota. Landowners now will be covered too under the $5 million removal-contingency bond the state Public Utilities Commission had previously required for the Wind Quarry Wind Power project in Butte County. Commissioner Chris Nelson drew attention to the oversight in a letter August 8. Nelson thanked Lincoln Clean Energy and the commission staff for reaching . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Westra explains why S.D. board denied reinvestment payment to wind farm

Governor Kristi Noem’s administration has changed state government’s policy on reinvestment payments to renewable-power projects. State Economic Development Commissioner Steve Westra summarized the different approach in a statement he issued this week: Wind and solar energy projects are important factors in expanding renewable energy solutions. We support the renewable energy industry, but when we consider state incentives for such projects under the reinvestment payment program, it is important our incentive reflect the project’s overall impact. Going forward, we will be . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

In a rare move, state board rejects reinvestment payment to S.D. wind project

The South Dakota Board of Economic Development stepped off its normal path Tuesday. A majority of board members voted against a reinvestment payment that owners of Triple H Wind Farm had sought for the Hyde County project. The roll-call vote came after an executive session. The board since its start in 1987 discusses financial-aid applications in private but votes in public. Staff for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development had recommended the board deny the Triple H application. Voting against . . . Complete story »

September 6, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Nearly 900 more wind turbines coming to S.D.

The prairies and rolling hills of South Dakota will soon become dotted with wind turbines after the approval of eight major wind-energy projects that could bring 700 more turbines and an investment of $2.6 billion in the state by the end of 2020. Two other projects now in the regulatory approval process would bring 188 more turbines and another $640 million in investments to the state, bringing the total of new turbines to 888 and the investment by energy companies . . . Complete story »

September 4, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

In a twist, S.D. regulators grant more time for wind project’s electricity line

State regulators made a bit of history Tuesday, when for the first time they granted more time to a wind farm proposed in northeastern South Dakota. Officials for the Flying Cow project planned in Deuel County want to finish arrangements for a high-voltage line that would carry away the electricity generated there. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission agreed to the request because of a recent change in ownership of the project. The previous owner was a wholly owned subsidiary . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2019 • Iowa, Minnesota, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Sioux Falls landfill tightens rules after Minnesota dumps dozens of wind turbine blades

Clarification: An earlier version of this story said the turbine blades received at the Sioux Falls landfill were coming from the Albert Lea, Minn. area. The city of Sioux Falls since clarified by saying they came from two wind farms in Iowa, one being about 60 miles from Albert Lea. Iowa wind-farms brought dozens of their old turbine blades to the Sioux Falls dump this summer. But City Hall says it won’t take anymore unless owners take more steps to . . . Complete story »

August 27, 2019 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Taxpayer scam

I read the letter “Wind Powers Opportunity in SD” by Tom Paulson, spokesman for the wind industry. I believe it does create “Opportunity” for bureaucrats, lobbyists, politicians and the multinational corporations who take in billions a year of taxpayer money from this scam called wind energy. It creates “Opportunity” for absentee landowners that couldn’t care less about their rural neighbor’s quality of life. On the other side of “Opportunity” is the destruction of rural living, health issues and property devaluation . . . Complete story »

August 22, 2019 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Don’t sell out to ‘Big Wind’

I read Karen Hochstein’s letter about “The Future of Energy.” (Press & Dakotan, Aug. 15).That should be an eye opener to the promoters of the wind energy scam including our governor, Legislature, the PUC, even the wind developers. Wind energy was here in the 1930’s and was replaced in our state mostly by hydro because of reliability. The taxpayer has subsidized this industry to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars with no end in sight. Although John Thune, . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2019 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

County hears details of possible wind farm

It may not happen until sometime next decade, but developers of a potential Turkey Ridge wind farm want to make sure that Yankton County citizens are aware of the project well in advance. During Tuesday’s meeting of the Yankton County Commission, Michael Kurnik, a representative of the Orion Renewable Energy Group, laid out the plans for a 300 megawatt (MW), 24,000-acre wind farm that would straddle the Yankton and Turner County lines. He said the land acquisition phase is continuing . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2019 • Press releases, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PUC approves new Sweetland Wind Farm near Miller

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has approved the construction permit for Sweetland Wind Farm near Miller. The company expects to complete the $240 million facility and begin operations by Dec. 31, 2020. However, Sweetland stated that construction will not commence until the company finds a buyer for the electricity generated by the wind farm. The facility will be capable of producing approximately 200 megawatts of energy. Forty-five conditions are imposed on the permit: Aircraft detection lighting, avian and bat . . . Complete story »

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