PUC approves Crowned Ridge Wind II in northeast South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has approved a construction permit for the Crowned Ridge Wind II Project, a 301-megawatt wind energy facility to be constructed in Codington, Deuel and Grant counties.

PUC staff and Crowned Ridge presented nearly 50 proposed conditions that addressed issues including shadow flicker, ice throw, land restoration, the hiring of a public liaison officer, and decommissioning.

Crowned Ridge Wind II plans to construct up to 132 wind turbines and will span 61,000 acres east of Watertown.

The total cost of the project is $425 million.

The project will interconnect to the electric grid at the Big Stone South substation.