Wind Energy To Market

For decades we have been searching for ways to get the goods we produce to market. We started with railroad tracks. From there we focused on highways, and eventually the Interstate Highway System.

Today we turn our attention to transmission lines.

Access to transmission is the biggest obstacle to a thriving wind energy industry. Each year hundreds of wind energy projects remain stalled as developers wait their turn to get the energy they produce to consumers. This is a big problem in South Dakota, home to some of the best wind resources in the world.

That’s why Xcel Energy and Otter Tail Power Company are working to build a new 70-mile, 345 kV transmission line between Big Stone City and Brookings.  This is one of 16 multi-value projects designed to open the Upper Midwest and Great Plains to further wind development.

Earlier this month Xcel and Otter Tail filed a permit application with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. The PUC will hold a public meeting, meant to share information and get the input of community members impacted by the line, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. at McCrory Gardens in Brookings.

Clean energy transmission delivers low cost power, creates a reliable electric grid, and jump starts an industry important to all of us. To be built the right way each project must consider the opinions of those impacted, enable new wind projects, and treats landowners fairly.

Your opinion helps make this a community project that works for everyone involved.