Wind energy company plans new 68-turbine project in South Dakota

An energy company is seeking approval to build a $621 million wind farm with 68 turbines in northeastern South Dakota.

Seth Tupper reports for South Dakota Searchlight.


In short:

  • Chicago-based Invenergy, through its subsidiary, Deuel Harvest Wind Energy South, aims to install 68 turbines over 54 square miles near Brandt in Deuel County.
  • The project is expected to generate $78 million in payments to landowners and $38 million in property tax revenue over 30 years, with 243 jobs during construction and eight long-term jobs.
  • Public interest parties have until August 27 to apply for “intervenor” status to participate in the permitting process.

Key quote:

“South Deuel Wind has entered into long-term, voluntary lease and easement agreements for the placement of Project Facilities with private landowners within the Project Area.”

— Invenergy application

Why this matters:

By harnessing wind power, the project is expected to offset a considerable amount of greenhouse gas emissions, aligning with national and global efforts to combat climate change. However, the proposal is likely to face scrutiny from local communities and environmental advocates concerned about potential impacts on wildlife and landscapes. Wind turbines, while a clean energy source, can pose threats to bird and bat populations and may alter natural habitats.

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