As a red-state Republican who also acknowledges global warming, Gary Hanson, the chair of South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission, needs to tread carefully in conversations about the environment.
Brian Gramm’s goal was to build a portable solar generator so rugged that it could survive in the harshest of environments: a stadium parking lot. “But we were not quite solving the right problem,” he says.
Taxes on wind farm construction in South Dakota are currently the highest in the region —up to ten times higher than in Iowa, Minnesota or North Dakota. But the state’s legislature on Thursday advanced a bill that will help close the gap.
A state grant program has helped make South Dakota a national leader in blender pumps, along with Minnesota and North Dakota.
South Dakota’s wind-power export opportunity could be permanently bottle-necked by transmission issues if the state doesn’t act soon, an industry association is warning.
CapX2020, the coalition of Midwest utilities already working on one of the largest transmission build-outs in the country, is now looking out even further at a plan to develop a second set of power lines. Photo courtesy CapX2020
Despite the serious political roadblocks to feeding a green economy, a new report by the Brookings Institution, in collaboration with development company Battelle, reveals that green jobs grew at an annual rate of 3.4 percent (or by half a million jobs) between 2003 and 2010.
American Indians deliver their own State of the Union address – complete with a call for greater investment in clean energy.
A small reservation near the Twin Cities is putting its financial clout to work building an impressive array of renewable energy resources.
While South Dakota is among the top five states for wind potential, energy development on its vast stretches of reservation land is hamstrung by multiple factors.