Black Hills Energy launching wind power project

Published: Dec. 11, 2018 at 5:13 PM CST
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Black Hills Energy'S South Dakota utility is launching its first renewable power generation project and wants local customers to take part.

The Rapid City based power company plans a $54 million wind power project west of Cheyenne. The plan is to sell half of the power in South Dakota and half in Wyoming.

The company seeks large scale customers who might be interested in renewable power. On Tuesday company executives presented the idea to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center board. Civic center board made no commitments but expressed interest in the idea.

Power company officials say they plan to apply for South Dakota regulatory approval on Friday.

"We're pretty excited about it from a South Dakota perspective because it is our South Dakota utility's first foray into renewable facility ownership," said Bret Jones from Black Hills Energy. "It's not complete yet and there's a lot of process left but we feel pretty confident that we've developed a product that our customers are going to be interested in."

Black Hills Energy projects that the pricing to consumers for the wind power will be nearly nearly cont neutral over a 15 year time period.

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