A dip in wind output during last month’s deep freeze is now fueling debate about the nation’s embrace of renewable energy.
The Oceti Wind Project aims to overcome financial, cultural and bureaucratic barriers to tribal renewable development.
Finished in late September after more than a decade of planning and construction, the 800-mile-long CapX2020 transmission project has prompted more than 3,600 megawatts of clean energy project proposals, according to Xcel Energy.
While the Sioux nation has been in the spotlight almost daily for its opposition to construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, it has much more quietly been pursuing renewable energy development on the Standing Rock Reservation and other tribal lands across North and South Dakota.
A proposal in South Dakota would spread tax benefits from wind farms across the entire state, diminishing a key selling point developers have with landowners.