Articles from South Dakota
With all the wind in South Dakota, seeing more wind turbines on the horizon would only seem to make sense. Xcel Energy Spokesman, Kent Larson, says “As you all know South Dakota has been called the Saudi Arabia of wind with tremendous potential to provide clean, reliable energy to our customers. ” Thursday’s announcement of a new 150-Megawatt wind power project, set to share the border between South Dakota and Minnesota, is significant because that potential is slowly becoming reality. Gary Hanson, with South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, says, “This means the breaking of the ground and the pioneering on the eastern side is just going to grow exponentially.”
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Senator Tim Johnson says construction can proceed on a wind energy farm in the Brookings area. He says the Minn-Dakota wind farm would be the largest wind energy project in South Dakota.
EUREKA - If wind power production in South Dakota could function like value-added agriculture, the benefits to the state would be great. The concept has the backing of the state Public Utilities Commission. But making it work could take time, commissioners say. What's called community-based development was a popular topic at a PUC meeting in Eureka on Wednesday night. About 80 people attended the 90-minute session that focused on wind energy.
AGENCY VILLAGE, S.D. (AP) - The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is moving forward with plans to develop a wind farm on tribal trust lands in northeast South Dakota. The tribe has hired the engineering and consulting firm Black and Veatch of Overland Park, Kan., to help develop the project. Three company representatives explained the plans at a community meeting Thursday. Interim tribal chairman Jerry Flute said he would like to see the project focus on producing electricity for local use.
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will have a public meeting in Eureka at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss wind energy development.
WASHINGTON — Southern California and the urban centers from Northern Virginia to New York face the most critical power grid problems, but such remote areas as Montana and the Dakotas may need new transmission lines in the near future, an Energy Department report warns.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Developers and officials hope that three wind farm projects in the works for South Dakota will go forward despite military officials’ concerns that turbines might interfere with radar.
The five-year wind-farm development project, with an anticipated total generating capacity of 2,015 MW, will be located at five wind farms in New York, Texas, and South Dakota, the companies said.
A Minneapolis company has filed a permit request with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission for a wind farm in Brookings County that would have 100 turbines.
Utility officials say the facility can be used to make extra electricity during the hottest days of summer and other times of need. The turbine is fueled by natural gas and can be switched on and off quickly.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - An upgrade of the state's power grid would include a $600 million high-voltage transmission line from the South Dakota border to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area - and that's just part of the plan proposed by a coalition of utility companies. The plan also calls for a second high-voltage line from Fargo, N.D., to the St. Cloud area, a third line from the Minneapolis-area to Rochester and then to La Crosse, Wis., and a smaller fourth line in the Bemidji area.
Environmentalists from South Dakota and Minnesota hope to persuade decision makers to opt for wind energy over coal as they consider a new generating plant in northeast South Dakota.
MITCHELL, S.D. - Production of wind-powered electricity in South Dakota is well behind its potential, but a state official says that's not all bad.
ST. FRANCIS, S.D. -- The irony hits tribal resource planner Ken Haukaas in the face, straight on in a stiff February breeze.
ST. FRANCIS - The irony hits Ken Haukaas in the face, straight on in a stiff February breeze.
PIERRE, S.D. - A project to extend a large electrical transmission line from the Lake Benton area of Minnesota into South Dakota may result in construction of South Dakota's largest wind farm, a state official said Thursday.