The Western Area Power Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is taking public comment until Dec. 22 on a draft environmental assessment (EA) on the proposed interconnection of the Northern Wind Farm in Roberts County, South Dakota.
Northern Wind LLC, owned by local investors, has applied to Western to interconnect their proposed project to Western’s power transmission system.
This draft EA addresses Western’s Federal action of interconnecting the proposed project to Western’s transmission system and making any necessary modification to Western facilities to accommodate the interconnection. The EA also includes a review of the potential environmental impacts of Northern Wind constructing, operating, and maintaining a 50-MW wind facility.
The proposed project is located on 2,560 acres of privately owned land in Roberts County, approximately 8 miles north of Summit, South Dakota. The project would interconnect to Western’s Forman-Summit 115-kV transmission line 7.4 miles north of the Summit Substation. The proposed project would include 20 Nordex N90 2.5-MW turbines or equivalent.
In February 2008, South Dakota enacted legislation (HB 1123) adopting a voluntary renewable portfolio objective that aims to have 10% of electricity generated from renewable sources by 2015.