SD Wind Energy Association Holds Annual Meeting at Mitchell

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The 2nd annual meeting of the South Dakota Wind Energy Association was held Tuesday, November 30, at Mitchell Technical Institute. A number of well known experts in the wind energy industry, state government, and economics led discussions and talked about the future of the industry in South Dakota.

Randal Stuefen, of Stuefen Research, talked about the economic impact that a hypothetical 1,000 new megawatts of electricity generated by the wind in South Dakota could do have on our state's economy. He pointed to a number of jobs that would be created through construction of the wind towers and said it would create nearly 200 permanent jobs in South Dakota.

Jared Alholinna, from CapX2020 discussed the future of transmission lines stretching from South Dakota east into Minnesota and what's called the MISO market. It's the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator and a major market for our wind generated electricity.

Other speakers included State Climatologist Dennis Todey who discussed wind research and climate, Matthew Hein who talked about the Wind for Schools project. State Energy Policy Director Hunter Roberts discussed wind energy from the state's policy perspective, and a panel of experts from the production and policy side of the industry also discussed the future from their perspectives. Jim Burg also gave an update on the South Dakota Wind Partners, LLC, effort which raised over $16 million from individual investors to build 7 wind towers in South Dakota.

If you'd like to see the speakers in their entirety it was all recorded for your convenience. Just CLICK HERE to access the video from the annual meeting.

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