KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Landowners Talk Wind Energy

Bookmark and Share

A South Dakota power company that’s trying to turn the state’s wind into cash held a meeting Tuesday night with a group of people who could potentially put a stop to the project. Dakota Power hopes to get 65,000 to 70,000 acres of farm land to put hundreds of wind turbines up. But until Tuesday night, many landowners had no idea about the plan, and its potential benefits.

We all know South Dakota's wind never stops blowing. So Dakota Power, a power company out of Aberdeen, sees a way to make a profit from it.
“We are looking to produce 1,000 megawatts of power, which is a lot of power, but we have a lot of wind here in Lincoln County,” said Beresford Mayor Jim Fedderson.

Fedderson is not only the mayor of Beresford, but also an investor in the project. He said in order to produce that much power each day, up to 70,000 acres of land is needed, to house 500 to 1,000 turbines.
“Depending on how long the driveway is to the turbine, we would ask them to give up about an acre of land. But that in turn could pay them several thousands of dollars a year,” said Fedderson.

So on Tuesday, a private meeting was held with about 100 landowners from around Lincoln County, to get their input, and to get them up to speed on the project. Kathy Holter is a landowner of 160 acres in Canton. And while unsure about the proposed project, she is open to the possibly of having these on her land.
“I have mixed emotions as far as good farm land and how much of that could be taken, but all of those questions will hopefully be answered tonight,” said Holter.
And Holter said if she likes what she hears, she and her husband already know where some wind turbines could go on their property.

“We are looking at areas that are not our high producing areas, and also we have some land that's a higher elevation,” Holter said.

“There's a very good wind here in Lincoln County, and we want to tap into it,” Fedderson said.

Dakota Power is holding another private meeting Wednesday with more landowners. They said after that they will figure out how much each landowner could get paid if they have a wind turbine on their land.

The wind turbine project also consists of a separate project called ‘Rock Island Clean Line.’ The $200 billion transmission project would connect the turbines in Lincoln County to a power system that extends from Joliet, Ill. to O’Brien County, IA. Associates from that project are also meeting with landowners.

Dakota Power officials said they hope to have the project up and running by 2018.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >

Updates In Sisseton Shooting Investigation  story with video

People in Sisseton are finally getting some answers after the November 22 shooting that ...

SD Democrats Looking For New Executive Director

The South Dakota Democratic Party is looking for a new executive director.     Zach ...

Free Toys Available To Parents In Sioux Falls

Feeding South Dakota isn't just handing out food this Christmas season they ...

Luverne Schools Fight The Flu  story with video  Dec. 19

Cuban Cigars Could Make Their Way To Local Shops  story with video  Dec. 19

AG: Sisseton Killings Result Of Dom. Violence  Dec. 19

Obama: Keystone Offers Little Benefit To Consumers  Dec. 19

Ice Rinks Closed In SF  Dec. 19

SF Teen Faces Kidnapping, Assault Charges   Dec. 19

Prepackaged Caramel Apples Linked To 2 MN Deaths  Dec. 19

NorthWestern Energy Seeking To Raise Rates In 2015  Dec. 19

Gas Prices Fall Below $2 Per Gallon In SF  Dec. 19

Hackers Gloat Over 'The Interview' Cancellation In New Email  Dec. 19

Minnesota Firm Buys Second Storm Lake Wind Farm  Dec. 19

KSMI Students Stop By KDLT News Today  story with video  Dec. 19

O'Gorman Students Help Moms In Need  Dec. 19

Bob Seger Bringing Tour To Sioux Falls  Dec. 19

Pierre Woman Facing 8 Charges After Crash  Dec. 19

SD Supreme Court Backs Lower Court In Abuse Case  Dec. 19

Rapid City Man Found Dead Under Bridge  Dec. 19

KDLT News Archive

Sioux Falls Stampede Honor Longtime Fan  story with video

Over the years, Max Honke has collected a drawer full of ...

O'Gorman Students Help Moms In Need

Moms in need across the Sioux Empire are receiving an early Christmas ...

Bob Seger Bringing Tour To Sioux Falls

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band have announced that they are ...

Updates In Sisseton Shooting Investigation  story with video  Dec. 19

AG: Sisseton Killings Result Of Dom. Violence  Dec. 19

SF Teen Faces Kidnapping, Assault Charges   Dec. 19

SF Police Probe Motel Robbery  Dec. 19

Rapid City Man Found Dead Under Bridge  Dec. 19

KDLT News Archive

Confident Coyotes Set Scoring Record  story with video

VERMILLION, S. D. --  Amy Williams South Dakota Coyotes probably expected a ...

O'Gorman Girls Roll Past Riders  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. --  The top-ranked O'Gorman girl's basketball team handled a shorthanded ...

Lincoln Staves Off O'Gorman, Dells Dumps Tea  story with video

The top-ranked Lincoln Patriot boy's basketball team won a ...

USD Women set school record for points  story with video  Dec. 18

Balanced attack leads SDSU over Arkansas/Little Rock  story with video  Dec. 18

Marshall, Jacks win in OT  Dec. 18

Bos hits game-winner for Coyotes  story with video  Dec. 18

Weber enjoying first job as a head coach  Dec. 18

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top