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.

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