Western Area Power Admin. seeks comment on 80-MW wind project

The Western Area Power Administration is taking comment until Dec 29 on a draft environmental assessment (EA) on the proposed interconnection of the Summit Wind Farm in Roberts County, near the city of Summit, South Dakota.

SummitWind LLC, a subsidiary of OwnEnergy LLC, has applied to Western to interconnect their proposed project to Western’s power transmission system. The EA includes a review of the potential environmental impacts of SummitWind constructing, operating, and maintaining a 80-MW wind facility. The proposed project area encompasses approximately 13,700 acres in Grant and Roberts counties.

The project will consist of wind turbine generators and transformers connected by new private access roads, a system of buried electrical collection lines and a 4.5 mile transmission line, which will bring power to a substation and point of interconnection where it will enter the Western transmission system.

Western and SummitWind will have discussions and studies to determine the final electrical system design and interconnection details. The project will also include a communications system that permits programmed independent operation and remote supervision of the project wind turbines. The project will consist of up to 41 SWT 2.3-108 (2.3 MW) Siemens turbines.

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