Power line would help wind farm development
Oct 25, 2006 Associated Press Dale
N.D. - A
company that is planning a wind power project across
the North Dakota-South Dakota border wants to construct
a 10-mile power line to connect the turbines to
North Dakota's electrical grid, state regulators
The Public Service Commission on Wednesday
accepted Tatanka Wind Power LLC's letter of intent
to build the Dickey County power line, which the
company hopes to begin constructing in March. Company
filings estimate the project's cost at $7.3 million.
Commissioner Susan Wefald said the
line is planned to extend from the South Dakota
border to the north, roughly parallel to State Highway
56. It will hook up with an existing Montana-Dakota
Utilities Co. transmission line.
A public hearing to take comment from
county residents who are interested in the power
line project is likely to be scheduled later, Wefald
Tatanka is planning to build about
120 wind turbines, capable of generating about 180
megawatts of power. They will be divided among Wacker
Township in McPherson County, in northeastern South
Dakota, and Albertha Township in Dickey County,
which is in southeastern North Dakota, a company
North Dakota law gives the commission
jurisdiction to review a wind farm's tower locations
if the project will be capable of generating at
least 100 megawatts of electricity.
According to the project's plans,
about 90 megawatts of electric generation will be
located on each side of the border, Wefald said.
The PSC is studying whether it has jurisdiction
over the development, a question that is complicated
by the fact that it crosses the South Dakota border.
"We do know for sure we would be siting
the transmission line," Wefald said.
Tatanka is a subsidiary of Acciona
Wind Energy USA LLC, which is a unit of Acciona
SA, a Spanish company based in Madrid. Acciona SA
is a $5 billion company with broad expertise in
renewable energy projects, including wind, solar
power and biomass.
Acciona is developing wind farms in
the Dakotas, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, Illinois
and New York, company documents say.