- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

AVON, S.D. (AP) - A Dell Rapids-based company planning a 36,000-acre wind farm in Bon Homme and Charles Mix counties has pulled its application for a state permit.

Prevailing Winds LLC applied for a permit for the 201-megawatt wind farm on June 28. The facility was to include 100 wind turbines, along with related infrastructure and equipment. It would’ve generated 860,000 megawatt-hours of utility scale electric power each year for residential, commercial and industrial consumers.

The state Public Utilities Commission held a public meeting on the project in Avon on Aug 24. It drew a crowd of nearly 300 people, including proponents who said alternative energy is good for the environment but also opponents who said the large farm would be an eyesore.

Attorney Lee Magnuson submitted Prevailing Winds motion to withdraw its permit application Tuesday, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan (https://bit.ly/2bVcm9F ) reported.

“The Prevailing Winds project is a community wind project, and community is very important to the Prevailing Winds investors and board of governors,” he wrote in the motion. “Unfortunately, misinformation has been circulated about the project. Keeping the interests of the community and the project in mind, Prevailing Winds is moving to withdraw the application to allow Prevailing Winds to better inform the community on the wind project and allow Prevailing Winds to revisit its options regarding the project.”

Magnuson sought the request without prejudice, meaning Prevailing Winds would not waive or lose any of its rights or privileges. The wind farm could seek the commission’s approval in the future.


Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, https://www.yankton.net/

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