PrairieWinds Project Public Meetings

2009

Winner & Plankinton, South Dakota

The Western Area Power Administration (Western), an agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), intend to jointly prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed PrairieWinds Project (Project) in South Dakota.

Western is issuing this Notice of Intent (NOI) to inform the public and interested parties about the proposed Project, conduct a public scoping process, and invite the public to comment on the scope, proposed action, alternatives, and other issues to be addressed in the EIS.

Open house public scoping meetings will be held on April 28, 2009, at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 1360 East Highway 44, Winner, South Dakota, 57580, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT; and on April 29, 2009, at the Commerce Street Grille, 118 N. Main Street, Plankinton, South Dakota, 57368, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT. The public scoping period starts with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register and will continue through May 15, 2009. To help define the scope of the EIS, written comments should be submitted through the project's Web address: http://www.wapa.gov/sdprairiewinds.htm, or sent by letter, fax, or email no later than May 15, 2009.

The EIS will address the construction, maintenance and operation of the proposed Project, which would include a 151.5megawatt (MW) nameplate capacity windpowered generating facility consisting of wind turbine generators, electrical collector lines, collector substation(s), transmission line(s), communications system, and service roads to access wind turbine sites. The EIS will also address the proposed interconnection with existing Western substations. The proposed Project would be located within portions of Brule, Aurora, and Jerauld counties, South Dakota or entirely within Tripp County, South Dakota.

Portions of the proposed Project may affect floodplains and wetlands, so this NOI also serves as a notice of proposed floodplain or wetland action. Western and RUS will hold public scoping meetings near the proposed Project areas to share information and receive comments and suggestions on the scope of the EIS.

For more information about these meetings, see the Federal Register Notice:
www.thefederalregister.com/d.p/2009-04-07-E9-7813

For more informaton about the PrairieWinds Project, see the Basin Electric Power Cooperative project web page:
www.basinelectric.com/Energy_Resources/New_Projects/Wind_projects/index.html

To contact the Western Area Power Administration for comment, see:
www.wapa.gov/contact.htm

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