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New Poll: Voters Believe South Dakota Should be Encouraging Wind Development


By 72%-25%, voters in the three counties say we should be encouraging wind energy companies to invest in South Dakota. And, by a ratio of three to one, voters believe South Dakota should be encouraging wind energy development. 

County-specific results:

Codington County

Deuel County

Grant County

New Wind Development in South Dakota

Wind energy is the future. It’s clean. It’s local. And it supports a thriving economy, money for schools and roads, and creates local jobs.

At least one new wind farm has been proposed for South Dakota that will:

  • Construction of the project will create 600 jobs and bring business to South Dakota construction companies in procuring supplies.

  • Contribute $75 million dollars in property tax payments to South Dakota

  • Pay millions to both public and private landowners

  • Provide South Dakota with clean renewable energy

Wind power has contributed more than $2 billion in capital investment to our state for the construction and maintenance of the 14 wind projects now in operation. These projects, along with the South Dakota businesses that supply goods and services to the wind industry, support nearly 2,000 good-paying jobs in our state. Better yet, there are numerous wind power projects being planned across our state, and, if built, these wind farms will attract billions of dollars of new private investment, millions of dollars of new revenue for farmers and rural communities, and thousands of new jobs.
— Governor Dennis Daugaard --