Black Hills cancels plans for 20 MW wind farm

Black Hills Power, a unit of Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH), is cancelling a $38 million, 20 MW wind farm it planned to build near Belle Fourche, S.D., after the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission dismissed its request for a ruling that the project was cost-effective and reasonable. The utility said the expiration of federal tax credits in 2012 played a role in its decision.

South Dakota does not have a statutory procedure for utilities to seek commission pre-approval before constructing generation facilities. Black Hills Power filed a request for a declaratory ruling, an alternative procedure aimed at soliciting a finding from the commission regarding the wind farm project before construction.

In its order to dismiss the request for a declaratory ruling, the commission said that it lacks the legal statutory authority to make such a determination.

The project would have used seven to 12 wind turbines.

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