The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission on May 10 said that it will hold a hearing beginning on June 11 through June 14 in the State Capitol Building in Pierre, S.D., regarding Crowned Ridge Wind, LLC’s application for a facility permit for a wind energy facility.
As noted in the filing, Crowned Ridge seeks to build the wind energy conversion facility in Grant and Codington counties in South Dakota. The project would be situated on about 53,186 acres in the townships of Waverly, Rauville, Leola, Germantown, Troy, Stockholm, Twin Brooks, and Mazeppa.
The commission added that the total installed capacity of the project would not exceed 300 MW of nameplate capacity. The project includes up to 130 wind turbine generators, access roads to turbines and associated facilities, underground 34.5-kv electrical collector lines, underground fiber-optic cable, a 34.5-kV to 345-kV collection substation, one permanent meteorological tower, as well as an operations and maintenance facility.
The commission also said that the project would utilize the Crowned Ridge 34-mile, 230-kV generation tie line and a new reactive power compensation substation to transmit the electricity from the project’s collector substation to the project’s point of interconnection located at the Big Stone South 230-kV substation, which is owned by Otter Tail Power Company.
Crowned Ridge has executed a power purchase agreement with Northern States Power Company (NSP) to sell NSP the full output of the project, which is expected to be completed in 2020 and cost $400m.
The commission added that the issues to be determined are whether the project will:
- Comply with all applicable laws and rules
- Pose a threat of serious injury to the environment or to the social and economic condition of inhabitants or expected inhabitants in the siting area
- Substantially impair the health, safety, or welfare of the inhabitants
- Unduly interfere with the orderly development of the region with due consideration having been given to the views of governing bodies of affected local units of government
The commission said that based upon those factors, it will decide whether the permit should be granted, denied, or granted upon such terms, conditions, or modifications of the construction, operation, or maintenance as the commission finds appropriate.