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Wind Energy

The PUC has siting authority for wind farms with a capacity of 100 megawatts or more. Smaller wind projects are not regulated by the commission.

This listing identifies wind energy projects operating in South Dakota and provides the location, size, owner, and purchaser of the power.

South Dakota Wind Resource Map
According to this map produced by AWS Truepower and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the estimated average annual wind speed in South Dakota at 80 meters ranges from about 5.5 to 9 meters per second.

Wind Energy Siting Dockets
Wind energy facilities with a generating capacity of 100 megawatts or more of electricity are required to obtain a permit from the PUC before construction. The PUC’s Energy Conversion & Electric Transmission Facilities Siting Info Guide provides a description of the PUC’s siting process.

South Dakota Wind Energy Development Map
Get a snapshot view of wind energy development across South Dakota, by capacity and status.

Small Wind Energy Facility Construction Notices
SDCL 49-41B-25.1 requires that small wind energy projects with a combined capacity that exceeds 5 megawatts to file a notice with the PUC four months prior to construction.

Find information related to cogeneration and small power production as well as net metering.