Company Gets 2nd Chance For Wind Testing In Lincoln County

An Aberdeen company that wants to test the wind capacity for a possible multimillion-dollar wind farm in Lincoln County is getting a second chance, due to a technicality.

County zoning officials last month denied Dakota Plains Energy permits for five meteorological towers, after neighbors said they worried about property values, health impacts and nuisances should the Dakota Power Community Wind project be built.

Dakota Plains Energy appealed to the County Commission, and the group on Tuesday night ruled that the company had applied for the wrong permits. That means the matter is likely to go back before the county’s zoning board, possibly in late April.

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