STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER S.D. Wind Energy Association meeting in Mitchell
I don't know why, but this seems to be a big week for statewide organizations to meet in Mitchell. Yesterday, the state Board of Education met here and discussed, among other things, a big building ... Posted on 11/30/10 at 9:43 AM
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Wind energy advocates and South Dakota congressional members are worried that key federal incentives for wind power could expire in less than two weeks as negotiations over the fiscal cliff dominate lawmakers' efforts.
Several months after erecting a wind turbine, the Wessington Springs School District held a ribbon cutting Wednesday to welcome a new learning opportunity and energy source.
“As we built it, we knew we weren’t going to get it at full scale as we’d set out to do,” said Superintendent Lance Witte prior to the ribbon cutting. “But we’ll capitalize on the educational component.”
Creating a 1,000-megawatt windpower project in South Dakota will require more than $2 billion of investment, but an assessment conducted by the South Dakota Wind Energy Association and Stuefen Research says the economic impact from the hypothetical project would be substantial.
The analysis shows that it would cost $2.19 billion to construct 1,000 megawatts of wind power capacity in Deuel County. The analysis is just that — an analysis, rather than an actual plan for a project.
PIERRE — A rural part of eastern South Dakota would be one of the connecting points for a big power-line project that would deliver electricity to the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota.
Great River Energy cooperative and Northern States Power, also known as Xcel Energy, filed an application this week with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission for approval of a new substation facility near the small community of White in Brookings County.
WHITE LAKE — It’s morning, but Jacki’s Cafe owner Jacki Konechne and employee Marie Johnson aren’t cooking sausages and eggs.
Instead, they’re flipping burgers for a lunch delivery to the workers constructing 108 wind turbines 15 miles northwest of town.
Next to the grill, Lynne Cain frosts 10 dozen chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing — an order to celebrate a couple of workers’ birthdays.
FORESTBURG — Sanborn Central was recognized Monday for its contributions in the Wind for Schools project, and students learned more about wind energy in a workshop.
The school district received an award for the best school in 2009 and science teacher Tracy Moody, of Letcher, garnered the Best 2009 South Dakota Wind for Teacher Participation award. Both came from the South Dakota Wind Energy Association.
BRANDON — Mitchell Technical Institute will buy and share a wind turbine with Basin Electric at the PrairieWinds site near White Lake to use for student education and training with the help of a $1.17 million federal grant.
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., announced the grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration at a press conference Thursday at Sioux Valley Energy’s maintenance shop in Brandon.
Mitchell Technical Institute has received a $1.167 million grant from the Economic Development Administration for the purchase of a wind turbine in Basin Electric Cooperative’s Crow Lake wind project near White Lake.
WHITE LAKE — Just a couple days into construction, a Colorado man working at the PrairieWinds turbine project site in the White Lake area died in a work-related accident Friday.
Stephen McAdams, 40, of Durango, Colo., died at the scene, said Michael Dale, state Highway Patrol trooper. The accident occurred at 1:36 p.m. in a pasture near 245th Street and 368th Avenue seven miles northeast of Kimball, he said.
Xcel Energy today announced that it is seeking proposals for new wind power generation in the Upper Midwest. Xcel Energy is looking to acquire up to 250 megawatts of wind generation, which may be geographically dispersed across its service territory.
HOWARD (AP) — A company that makes and repairs wind turbine blades said Wednesday it is laying off about one-third of the work force at its plant in the eastern South Dakota town of Howard.
Knight & Carver Wind Group Inc. is laying off 16 of the Howard plant’s 55 workers this week, and the firm might temporarily close the plant in about a month, said Gary Kanaby, a company vice president in San Diego.
Legislature sends message about S.D. wind energy
Hopefully, the South Dakota Legislature has sent out a strong, clear message in regards to wind power development in this state.
On Monday, the lawmakers overrode Gov. Mike Rounds veto of a bill that would modify the state’s tax refund program, allowing for special refunds to wind energy construction projects. The vote was 49-19 in the House and a resounding 33-0 in the Senate.
CHAMBERLAIN — The turnout might have been small for a hearing on the proposed Prairie Winds project, but area residents’ words gave weight toward each potential site.
Western Area Power Administration, in Lakewood, Colo., conducted a public hearing on the draft environmental impact statement for the project, which would build 101 wind turbines at either Crow Lake or south of Winner. The hearing occurred at Cozard Memorial Library, Chamberlain.
PIERRE — A state legislator wants to require registration of locations where anemometers are placed to measure wind speeds in South Dakota.
Rep. Jason Frerichs, D-Wilmot, said the registry would help crop pilots avoid the towers when they’re spraying fields from the air.
He said land owners in an area also would benefit by knowing who’s conducting research there for possible development of wind farms.
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