South Dakota regulators grant request to withdraw application regarding 230-kV line

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, in a Nov. 21 order, granted Crowned Ridge Wind LLC’s request for consent to withdraw an application for a facilities permit to build a 230-kV transmission line and associated facilities.

As TransmissionHub reported, the commission, in an Oct. 31 order, said that it received on Oct. 27 a facility permit application from Crowned Ridge Wind, which proposes to build a new reactive power compensation substation and the approximately 34-mile generation tie line that will connect two 300-MW wind projects – Crowned Ridge Wind (CRW) and Crowned Ridge Wind II (CRW II) to the Big Stone South substation owned by Otter Tail Power (together, the substation and tie line are referred to as the project).

The planned Crowned Ridge Wind facilities will be permitted separately and are not included as a part of the project, the commission noted.

The generation tie line will be located in Codington and Grant counties in South Dakota, while the new reactive compensation substation will be located in Grant County, the commission said in its Oct. 31 order.

As noted in the commission’s Nov. 21 order, Crowned Ridge Wind estimates the total construction cost to be about $30m for a single-circuit transmission line plus about $8.5m for the associated substation, or $40m for a double-circuit transmission line plus about $8m for the associated substation.

The project is expected to be in service by Dec. 31, 2019, the commission said.

In its Oct. 31 order, the commission noted that it would hold a public input hearing on Dec. 6 in Milbank, S.D., on the application.

Crowned Ridge Wind, in its Nov. 15 request, said that it was recently discovered that there was an inadvertent date error in the notice mailed to landowners. At this time, because there is no longer sufficient time to reset the public input hearing and provide notice to landowners and other interested parties, the company, after conferring with commission staff, has determined that it is necessary to withdraw without prejudice to refiling and refile its application in order to meet the statutory notice requirements.

In its Nov. 21 order, the commission said that at its regularly scheduled meeting of Nov. 21, it considered Crowned Ridge Wind’s request, with staff recommending that the commission grant the request.

“Finding that all the parties were in agreement that the docket may be dismissed without prejudice and closed, the commission unanimously voted to grant Crowned Ridge’s request for consent to withdraw [the] application,” the commission said.

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