AVON, S.D. — Public outcry may stop another wind farm as a South Dakota agency considers approving the withdrawal of a permit to build a 100-turbine wind farm in Charles Mix and Bon Homme counties.
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will consider approving Prevailing Winds LLC’s withdrawal of the permit Tuesday, The Daily Republic (http://bit.ly/2cGfV3g ) reported.
Prevailing Winds filed its application for withdrawal last month based on claims that incorrect information about the project in Avon spread.
If the company doesn’t file another permit application for the project, it’ll be the third wind farm in eight months to be rejected by nearby residents.
Letcher Township’s Board of Supervisors and the Davison County Commission have taken action to block proposed wind farms in their respective areas since February.
State Sen. Bill Van Gerpen, R-Tyndall, opposed the Avon project.
“When you drive out of Avon currently, there’s just a beautiful view to the north, a beautiful view of the valley,” Van Gerpen said. “I think some are concerned about what the towers would do to take away that beautiful act of creation.”
Van Gerpen said he was surprised Prevailing Winds still attempted it after the smaller scale projects were rejected.
“There’s so much territory in this country that is open land and not near communities,” Van Gerpen said. “When you get within two or three miles of a small town with towers, I think you need to expect opposition.”
Commission Chairman Chris Nelson said public opposition to a project such as Prevailing Winds’ is a new occurrence.
The commission only reviews with projects larger than 100 megawatts.
Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com