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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.

November 13, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

State board OKs tax break for North Bend Wind

A wind project proposed in central South Dakota has received approval for a state sales-tax refund, months before state regulators are set to decide whether the project can go ahead. North Bend Wind wants to erect up to 71 wind turbines in eastern Hughes and western Hand counties to generate up to 200 megawatts of electricity. The state Public Utilities Commission set a procedural schedule earlier this month and plans the evidentiary hearing February 2-4, 2022. The state Board of . . . Complete story »

October 21, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Meade County Commission turn thumbs down to wind farm

STURGIS – It didn’t take Meade County commissioners long at all Tuesday to tell an out-of-state developer they didn’t want a wind farm in eastern Meade County. Scott Debenham, president of Debenham Energy of San Diego, Calif., had asked to be included on the commission meeting agenda for its Tuesday meeting. Debenham, speaking to the commission via phone, explained that the government is beginning to open Forest Service land for alternative energy development. He told commissioners he was seeking a letter . . . Complete story »

October 6, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Deuel County landowners challenge wind permit

Lawyers for landowners, Crowned Ridge, and the PUC made their case before the South Dakota Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Deuel County landowners who live near a large wind farm are appealing the project’s state permit. Six landowners in four homes say the Public Utilities Commission violated their private property rights by not requiring Crowned Ridge Wind to get an easement. A.J. Swanson represents the Deuel County landowners who say their enjoyment of their property has been negatively affected . . . Complete story »

September 16, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Party status approved for Harrold family fighting North Bend Wind Farm Project

PIERRE – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has approved a request for party status from a rural Harrold family opposed to a proposed wind farm near their family farm and pheasant lodge operation. Commission Chairman Chris Nelson says Michael and Judi Bollweg have made three applications in the docket for party status… Brent Koenecke, a Pierre lawyer representing the North Bend Wind Farm project had no objection to the application by the Bollweg’s… Jim Malters, the lawyer representing the Bollweg’s . . . Complete story »

September 15, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

S.D. regulators reverse earlier ruling and add a residence to a wind farm’s second sound study

The rural Strandberg residence of Amber Christenson will be part of the Crowned Ridge I wind project’s second sound study after all this fall, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission decided Tuesday. The 2-1 vote reversed a decision the commission had made last month, when Gary Hanson was the only one Christenson could persuade that her place should be included too. The second study is intended to show the Crowned Ridge turbines in Grant and Codington aren’t louder than the . . . Complete story »

September 9, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Crocker Wind again asks S.D. regulators for release of $1 million roads-damage bond

The developer of Crocker Wind Farm in Clark County is asking for a second time that the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission return the $1 million bond posted as financial protection against construction-related damage to county and township roads. The commission didn’t grant Geronimo Energy’s January request. The latest ask was added to the commission’s September 14 meeting agenda and includes several exchanges of emails and texts between Crocker plant manager James Simmons and local government officials from Clark County . . . Complete story »

August 29, 2021 • Minnesota, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Next generation wind turbines in Minnesota could be 60 stories high

WATERTOWN, S.D. – The blades of the giant propellers sprouting from cornfields look like they’re almost dragging on the ground. The Dakota Range 1 & 2 wind farm under construction near here will sport the largest turbines of any of Xcel Energy’s many wind projects – and even bigger turbines are on tap for southwestern Minnesota. The yet-to-be built Plum Creek project will feature turbines 655 feet tall when their blades are fully extended, about 160 feet higher than Xcel’s new . . . Complete story »

August 12, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed North Bend wind project splits landowners in central South Dakota

Several farmers from the area said they supported a wind project proposed in central South Dakota while several others spoke against it Wednesday night at a public input hearing. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission must decide no later than March 23, 2022, whether to permit the North Bend wind farm that Engie North America wants in western Hyde and eastern Hughes counties. Engie representative Casey Willis said the 71-turbine project would cost $265 million to $285 million. If all . . . Complete story »

August 4, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Regulators weigh ‘end plan’ for Buffalo Ridge II

The lawyers are going to work some more on what should happen when the Buffalo Ridge II wind farm in eastern South Dakota reaches the end of its service life. The state Public Utilities Commission discussed the proposal Tuesday with attorneys representing Iberdrola Renewables. The international company owns the turbines and related equipment. They agreed that Brett Koenecke, a Pierre lawyer for the company, should find different phrasing for the plan, so that the commission isn’t designated as a beneficiary . . . Complete story »

July 13, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

French company wants to build second wind farm in South Dakota

A multinational French energy company, Engie, gained approval Tuesday to begin the permitting process for a $285 million proposed wind farm in South Dakota. The North Bend Wind Project would be Engie’s second wind farm in the state. The 200 megawatt, 71-turbine wind farm would be located on nearly 47,000 acres in Hughes and Hyde counties, south of Harrold and north of the Crow Creek Reservation and Missouri River. North Bend made its first appearance before the Public Utilities Commission . . . Complete story »

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