Seeking Input on South Dakota Wind Energy

The South Dakota Wind Energy Association is seeking public comments regarding the future of wind energy in the state at a series of upcoming public meetings in Freeman, Clear Lake, and Murdo, South Dakota.

"The green economy can create a major boon for the state, particularly rural areas losing population," says Steve Wegman, executive director of the South Dakota Wind Energy Association, in the article "Official: Clock Ticking On Wind Efforts" published by the Yankton Press & Dakotan. “It’s not only about tax dollars for school districts and local government,” he said. “It’s also full-time jobs during construction and after the turbines are put up.”

The South Dakota Wind Energy Association (SDWEA) was formed in January 2009 to support the development of wind energy as a sustainable economic and environmentally friendly resource for the state of South Dakota and is a forum for exchanging ideas about wind development and providing accurate, reliable information for state leaders and citizens on a variety of issues related to wind energy. Founding members include electric cooperatives and utilities, agricultural organizations, and other industry groups.

In order to generate public input about the current and future considerations of wind development, the South Dakota Wind Energy Association will hold public meetings throughout the state. Citizens are strongly urged to attend in order to comment about the direction that South Dakota has taken and should take regarding wind energy.

“Are we moving too fast? Are we moving too slowly? Do we need legislation? These are all very important questions for the people of South Dakota,” Wegman said. Wegman will provide a “State of the State Wind Address” to focus on how South Dakota compares with neighboring states in the area of wind development and what will be required to maximize the state’s potential.

The schedule for meetings is:

April 15 at 7 p.m.C.S.T. at the Freeman Senior Citizen Center, 202 East Fourth St, Freeman, SD, 605-295-4926.

April 16 at 7 p.m. C.S.T. at Deuel County 4-H Service Center, 47625 181st, Clear Lake, SD, 605-874-2147.

April 22 at 7 p.m. C.S.T. at Triple H Trucks Stop, 601 East Fifth Street, Murdo, SD, 605-669-2465.

For more information, visit www.sdwind.org or contact Steve Wegman at 605-295-1221.