S.D. regulators to hold telephonic public meeting on estimated $220m Merdian project

The project is expected to be completed in 2021, the commission said

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission in late April said that it will hold a telephonic public input meeting at 6:30 p.m., CDT, on June 10 regarding Meridian Wind Project, LLC’s application for a facility permit involving a wind energy conversion facility and an 8.9-mile, 345-kV transmission line to be located in Hyde County, S.D.

The projects would be situated within about 15,043 acres in the townships of Van Order, Eagle, Chapelle, Highmore, and Holabird in South Dakota.

The commission added that the total installed capacity of the project would not exceed 175 MW of nameplate capacity. The project includes up to 64 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 230-kV collection substation; and one permanent meteorological tower.

The commission also said that the project would interconnect to the high-voltage transmission grid via a 345-kV interconnection switch station — the Chapelle station — located at the western end of the project’s transmission line. The Chapelle station is owned and operated by Basin Electric Power Cooperative, and is under construction in conjunction with the Triple H Wind Project. The commission added that the power produced by the Meridian project would be injected at the Chapelle Creek substation and into Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s existing electrical infrastructure.

The estimated $220m Meridian project is expected to be completed in 2021, the commission said.

The commission also noted that the purpose of the public input meeting will be to hear public comments regarding the Meridian application and projects. Applications for party status must be filed with the commission by 5 p.m., CDT, on June 22. The commission also said that individuals interested in participating in the June 10 meeting may dial 1-866-410-8397, conference code: 3224480315#.

Meridian Wind Project, LLC is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of ENGIE North America, Inc.

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