Tatanka Wind Farm: Near Long
Wind Energy USA, a parent
company of Tatanka is in the process of putting up South Dakota’s most
recent wind farm. Massive trucks as wide as the roads are starting to build 60 towers
in the isolated area north of Long
Lake. The Wind farm
stretches for miles north-south and east-west. A collection of temporary
buildings and mobile units at construction headquarters north of town give the
impression that a new town has sprouted near McPherson County.
Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Numerous
concrete foundations for the towers are in place, and some tower sections and
windmill blades lie on the ground awaiting installation.
Power potential: Tatanka plans to feed the power it
generates into the Montana-Dakota Utilities system. The project is slated to
produce fewer than 90 megawatts in South
White Wind Farm: The wind farm will be Located in Northeastern Brookings
County. South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission
has approved a construction permit for 103 turbines. It will be Brookings County’s second major wind farm. The first wind project in Brookings County
is the Minn-Dakota Wind Farm, which is being built by
PPM Energy. If everything goes as planned, ground breaking will begin in 2008
and will be completed in a year. The
total cost of the White Wind Farm will be around $300 million dollars. The
project is a subsidiary of Navitas Energy of Minneapolis.
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Wessington Springs: Heartland Consumers Power District and Babcock
& Brown want to construct a Wind Farm in the vicinity; however they have
some environmentally related obstacles. Western Area Power Administration
(WAPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of energy, is in the process of doing
an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project area. Avian habitats, such as
the Whooping Crane, have created their dwelling in the region. Today WAPA is
contacting South Dakota’s
Game, Fish, and Parks as well as other Naturalist Associations to find out what
type of studies need to be completed. WAPA wants to be sure the new Wind Farm
causes as a minimal amount of disturbance to the environment. When the
Environmental Assessment is done, the next step will be to do an Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS), and finally a Record of Decision (ROD) will be written
up and given its stamp of approval. Finally the information will be made public
for comments. If the public finds that there are no major problems, the WAPA
foresees the groundbreaking will begin in 2008.
WRAN hired Sioux Falls Tower on May 8th
and 9th, to equip Faith’s SDPB tower with Wind Measurement
equipment. On May 9th the Faith tower was activated. Less than two
weeks later, on May 22nd the Long Valley
site was also activated. The first incoming data from Faith and Long Valley
will appear on this website by the end of June. Click picture’s below to view
March 24, 2007
Power District has partnered with Babcock and Brown, an Australian firm that has announced plans
to build a 3,000-acre 34-turbine wind farm near Wessington Springs. It will be one
of the state's largest wind farms. The wind farm will spread over about 3,000
acres just south of Wessington Springs. The actual construction won't begin
September 21, 2006
PPM Energy, and Xcel Energy announced the start of
construction of the 150-megawatt (MW) Minn-Dakota
Wind Power Project in Brookings County in South Dakota
and Lincoln county in Minnesota. The Minn-Dakota
Wind Power Project will be the largest installation to date of wind energy. The
foundations for the turbines are finished.
MinnDakota will use 100 GE 1.5 MW turbines in Minnesota and South
Dakota. Construction is scheduled for completion by
the end of 2007.
South Dakota Public
Broadcasting (SDPB) gave the WRAN permission to put up four new wind
measurement sites on their towers. The new site locations will be near Faith, Long Valley,
Lowry, and Reliance. These new sites will enable the WRAN to broaden its scale
across South Dakota. The new wind measurements will be taken at
90, 70, and 50 meter heights on each SDPB tower
The Black Hills
Corporation, one of WRAN’s generous sponsors, put
up a new wind data site. This site near Belle Fourche is located in the Northern Black Hills. Belle Fourche
tower is a 60-meter tilt up tower. It measures wind speed at approximately 60,
50, and 40-meters, and it measures wind direction at 50 and 60-meters. The
official data shown on this web site comes from the 50 meter
however both the 60 and 40-meter data are available upon request. The site was
fully activated on June 22nd, 2006 at 10:00:00.
March 1, 2006
A new site, the Medicine Butte Ridgeline, north of Kennebec and Reliance, S.D. has been added to the WRAN.
The new tower was installed by Kennebec Telephone. This sites measures data at 50, 30, and
10-meters. The official data shown on this web site is 50 meters; however both
the 30 and 10-meter data are available upon request. The site was fully
activated on February 28th at 17:00:00.
February 18, 2006
massive ice storm of November 28-29, 2005, did some damage to the WRAN sites.
Murdo and Gettysburg appear unscathed, but Ft. Thompson,
Leola, Crandall, and Summit
all suffered instrument damage. Tower crews from WRAN partner East River Electric Cooperative have been
working hard to replace the broken instruments, but continued cold weather,
coupled with the massive high-priority workload created for East River
by the ice storm, have made for slow going at times.
there are two tilt-up towers being used by the WRAN. One of them, a
50-meter tower at Gettysburg
is owned and operated by the Gettysburg-Whitlock
Bay Economic Development Corporation. It is used for WRAN-related
experiments and funded by South Dakota EPSCoR. Another tilt-up tower is 40-meters tall;
located at the Oak Lake Field Station. It was obtained through a partnership
with the Energy and Environmental Research
Center in Grand Forks, ND.
Both of these tilt-up towers were damaged by the ice storm that occurred
in November. The Oak
Lake field station
replaced the old tower with new tilt up tower and is now working. The Gettysburg site was not
completely ruined. The data uploader was the only
instrument that was destroyed. The data chip in the 9300 Datalogger at the WRAN
site was mailed in to the WRAN lab instead of being sent in by WRAN’s ISP via email.
September 08, 2005
new site, the Murdo
Tower atop White Clay
Butte, has been added to the WRAN. This site is another "tall
tower" site and is equipped with 50, 70 and 90-meter anemometers, making
it the first 90-meter measurement site in the state. The site was fully
activated on September 8, 2005.
September 21, 2004
new site, the Gettysburg
wind tower, has been added to the WRAN. The tower in use there is a
50-meter NRG Systems tilt-up tower, unlike the microwave relay towers in use
elsewhere on the network. This site went into action in July 2004, and data
will be available on the web shortly.
March 25, 2004
FPL Energy (Juno Beach, FL)
donated $50,000 to the WRAN
project to expand the network. The $50,000 check was recently presented
at South Dakota State University by
members of the South Dakota Public
Utilities Commission. This generous donation was used to add three new
sites and to keep the entire WRAN network running smoothly. The locations
of the new sites are Murdo, Faith, and Long Valley.
These new sites helped expand the WRAN’s coverage in
the western part of South Dakota.
The new site locations will be posted on this web site as they are
determined. The new sites will be equipped with anemometers at 50, 70 and
90 meters above ground (the present five sites only have 50 and 70 meter
In the photo below, from left to right, are Gary Hanson, Vice
Chairman of the SDPUC; Bob Sahr, Chairman of the
Michael Ropp, WRAN project leader, and SDSU Professor of
Engineering; and Jim Burg, SDPUC commissioner.