Dakota Range gets state approval for Watertown wind-farm project
Monday, July 30, 2018
PIERRE – Developers received state government’s approval to construct the Dakota Range wind project in Grant and Codington counties.
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission agreed to issue a construction permit.
The project would have up to 72 turbines and cost an estimated $380 million. State laws establish requirements for wind-electricity generation.
“I believe the project has met that burden,” Commissioner Chris Nelson said.
Steve Kolbeck, the South Dakota manager for Xcel Energy, and a former commission member, watched from the near the rear of the room.
Xcel gave notice June 21 the company would buy the project.