Wind Energy


Missouri River Wind Project

Mission Project: Invest in your future today by expanding to energy renewables in your community.

Today, nearly 1,000 utility-scale wind projects – representing over 68,000 megawatts – are installed across 39 states and Puerto Rico. There are over 560 wind manufacturing facilities spread across 43 states; more U.S. wind power capacity was under construction at the end of 2014 than at the end of any other year. Over 12,700MW of new wind energy capacity was under construction across 98 projects. During 2014, at least 6,000MW started physical construction.

A record number of power purchase agreements (PPAs) were signed in 2013 and 2014. At least 87 PPAs for over 11,300MW were initiated by utilities and corporate purchasers, of which approximately 5,000MW have not yet started construction.

**There were 48,000 turbines operating in the U.S. at the end of 2014 at a total investment exceeding $120 billion.

South Dakota, the fifth windiest state, has the capacity to generate over 117,000 megawatts of wind power according to the National Renewable Energy Lab of the U.S. Dept. of Energy. This would translate to approximately $1 trillion of investment in wind generation facilities in the state. As of the end of 2014, South Dakota was generating 803 megawatts, barely a one-half percent of its capacity.

This is a small amount of production, compared with #1 Texas at 14,100MW, #3 Iowa at 5,710MW, and #5 Minnesota, with a potential capacity at half of South Dakota’s, still came in at 3,035MW installed.

~These 803 megawatts support about 1,500 jobs statewide, produce $4 million in taxes and generate land leases to local landowners of nearly $2.5 million per year.~


Dakota Plains has been working tirelessly to research the exact locations of the best wind resources, and we are building relationships with these landowners. (see completed projects below or in NEWS section).  Our travels have taken us throughout the state, and we have held substantive conversations with both formal and informal landowner associations, who control over 3,000,000 acres of land.

If you are an qualified investor, developer, or contractor interested in long-term renewable energy, and wish to learn more about Dakota Plains Energy projects, please contact Rob Johnson.


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Check this video out for job creation and how wind energy is hiring techs across the country.

Posted by American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on Tuesday, October 27, 2015



On a per 100 megawatt (MW) basis:

SD nameplate tax

  • $3 per listed kilowatt (based on stated turbine capacity) will be approximately $300,000 per year per 100 MW.
  • Collected and distributed by the state; 50% goes to the school districts, 15% to the organized township and 35% to the county.

Production tax

  • This tax is tied to the actual kilowatts produced by the project on an annual basis.
  • Actual taxes paid to the state every 10 years would exceed $5,000,000 per 100 MW.
  • Taxes are distributed between the state, the wind project, local schools and local government.

Job creation

  • Highly dependent on the final size of the wind project.
  • Hundreds of short-term construction jobs which will result in money spent at area hotels, convenience stores, grocers, bars, restuarants, etc. over a period of many months.
  • 5-10 (per 100 MW) permanent onsite maintenance jobs.

Sources: SD Dept of Revenue projections, Stuefen Research LLC and American Wind Energy Association.


The Campbell County Wind Farm is envisioned to ultimately produce 300MW of electricity over two phases. The 98MW Phase One continues to undergo strenuous scientific studies including extensive wing regime studies performed by Windlogics of St. Paul, MN. Multiple seasons of avian migratory, bat, vegetative and cultural studies have been performed under the direction of the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the SD Game, Fish & Parks Department. Feasibility and Grid System Impact studies have been completed by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). A Large Generator Interconnection Agreement with WAPA has been executed and all 98MW of output has been secured by Basin Electric of Bismarck, ND via an executed Power Purchase Agreement. Construction began in December 2014, was completed and became operational in December 2015.

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Dakota Community Wind is a proposed major community-based wind project connecting central South Dakota to out-of-state electrical markets. DCW is considering linking into the Southwest Power Pool or connecting with the Southeast South Dakota Dakota Power Community Wind project in the future. An analysis is underway to consider “firming” DCW’s power via a proposed pump storage project or with natural gas-fired turbines.

The concept of community wind farms began in Minnesota in the late 1990s. In 2012, at least 77 different community wind projects were installed, ranging in size from 1MW to 78MW, representing 4.3% of the capacity of projects installed for the year.

South Dakota has one of the finest wind regimes in the United States. The purpose of this vast undertaking is to attract new, large-capacity transmission lines to carry power from the source to the energy-hungry eastern electrical grid and help the people of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and the Midwest benefit in the process. We continue to be incredibly mindful of environmental issues and adhere to rules and regulations regarding the per-engineering phase.

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As of November 30th, 2015, the AWEA announced Iowa and South Dakota to be the leading the nation in wind power. Iowa comes in at 28.5% and South Dakota follows at 25.3%.



More information to come.