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SD Public Utilities Commission approves 27,000-acre wind farm in Hyde County

PIERRE, S.D. — Central South Dakota will be home to 92 more wind turbines come 2020.

According to a Wednesday, July 10, news release, the Public Utilities Commission at its regular meeting Tuesday approved Triple H's construction permits for a 27,000-acre, 251-megawatt wind farm to be located in Hyde County, three miles southwest of Highmore. When the $300 million construction project is complete, Triple H will supply the nearby 150 megawatts of energy to Walmart, 48 to a "a confidential institutional buyer" and the remaining 52 will be sold on a merchant basis.

The commission placed 41 conditions on Triple H in granting its construction permit, addressing concerns like shadow flicker, sound levels, ice throw and decommissioning. The commission voted to require Triple H establish an escrow account for the future decommissioning of the project.

According to the news release, no one intervened in the application process. Triple H filed its application February 6.