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SD wind projects limited by lack of power lines

Published 01/17/2012, The Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — North Dakota is expected add hundreds of megawatts of wind energy this year, while development has slowed to a near stop in South Dakota. The difference seems to be the availability of high-voltage power lines to ship the power to cities that need it. South Dakota has more than 30,000 megawatts of proposed wind energy projects in the queue, according to the American Wind Energy Association, but a state association director said he's received no indication from developers that they're ready to start building new wind farms.

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