With three wind farms, an ethanol plant in Aurora and the new Deer Creek power plant north of Elkton, Brookings County is already the acknowledged energy capital of the state.
Now a partnership of regional energy companies has announced plans to bring a 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line from Big Stone to Brookings, a project that some believe could restart the stalled wind energy boom in eastern South Dakota.
That’s if the politicians in Washington don’t let the wind energy production tax credit die this year.
But tax or no tax, the power transmission line is coming to Brookings County, and it will be available to energy producers, renewable and otherwise.
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