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South Dakota regulators approve waiver for wind farm project

The risk to the lake and the richly diverse wildlife that traverse it is among the reasons the Lake Erie Foundation has come out publicly opposed to a proposed offshore wind turbine development titled “Icebreaker Wind.” Lipaj was asked to lead a discussion regarding the topic at the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s community business update meeting this week.

Representatives from NextEra Energy Resources, which is involved with the Crowned Ridge Wind project, requested the waiver so the attachments could be installed this summer. The project’s completion date is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021.

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved a temporary and conditional waiver that would allow an energy company more time to install low-noise trailing edge attachments on turbine blades in wind farm project located in Grant County and Codington County.

Representatives from NextEra Energy Resources, which is involved with the Crowned Ridge Wind project, requested the waiver so the attachments could be installed this summer. The project’s completion date is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021.

The waiver will allow the company to install the low-noise trailing edge attachments by Sept. 15.

The company has attached eight of the 87 wind turbines with low-noise attachments. Of those 87, the company will need to attach 79 turbines with low-noise attachments by the Sept. 15 deadline.

Joshua Tran with NextEra and chief engineer of the Crowned Ridge Wind project told commissioners that... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Representatives from NextEra Energy Resources, which is involved with the Crowned Ridge Wind project, requested the waiver so the attachments could be installed this summer. The project’s completion date is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021.

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved a temporary and conditional waiver that would allow an energy company more time to install low-noise trailing edge attachments on turbine blades in wind farm project located in Grant County and Codington County.

Representatives from NextEra Energy Resources, which is involved with the Crowned Ridge Wind project, requested the waiver so the attachments could be installed this summer. The project’s completion date is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021.

The waiver will allow the company to install the low-noise trailing edge attachments by Sept. 15.

The company has attached eight of the 87 wind turbines with low-noise attachments. Of those 87, the company will need to attach 79 turbines with low-noise attachments by the Sept. 15 deadline.

Joshua Tran with NextEra and chief engineer of the Crowned Ridge Wind project told commissioners that weather conditions needed to be 50 degrees or greater in order for the glue to properly adhere the attachments to the wind blades.

Commissioners Kristi Feigen and Chris Nelson voted in favor of approving the waiver. Commission Chairman Gary Hanson voted against.


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JAN 7 2020
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