Wind Energy in South Dakota

Find wind data and information in South Dakota, including maps, capacity, ordinances, and more.

Capacity and Generation

Installed Capacity 977 MW Source: American Wind Energy Association Market Report

Potential Capacity 417,879 MW Source: AWS Truepower, NREL

Annual Potential Generation
  • 2015 1,655,668 GWh
  • 2020 1,707,488 GWh
  • 2030 1,775,793 GWh
  • 2050 1,865,958 GWh
Source: AWS Truepower, NREL Annual Technology Baseline
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration's Open Data API, Electricity Net Generation.

Wind power potentials reflect the amount of wind power that is technologically possible to have installed in a given region. For more information, see the U.S. wind capacity and potential map and the Wind Vision Report.

Maps & Data

Wind Education & Training

Career training and projects at schools in South Dakota.

Training Locations

Mitchell Technical Institute

ENSA, a division of Mallory Safety and Supply

Lake Area Technical Institute

Wind for Schools Project Locations

Douglas School District

Elkton School District

Memorial Middle School

Selby High School

Miller School District

Faith School District

Dakota Valley School District

Andes Central School District

Wessington Springs Elementary School

Yankton School District

Brookings School District

Sanborn Central

Regional Resource Center

Regional Resource Centers (RRCs) help address the unique challenges and opportunities of wind energy in key regions of the United States.

The RRC for South Dakota is Midwest Wind Energy Center.

South Dakota Offices and Organizations

Clean Energy Group

Clean Energy Group is a leading national, nonprofit organization working on innovative policy, technology, and finance programs in the areas of clean energy and climate change. The group's projects concentrate on climate and clean energy issues at the state, national, and international levels and include stakeholders from governments and the private and nonprofit sectors. Clean Energy Group assists states to create and implement innovative practices and public funding programs for clean energy project deployment; creates networks of U.S. and international policy makers to address climate stabilization strategies; and advances effective distributed innovation theories, finance, and commercialization tools for new climate technologies.

Environmental Law and Policy Center

The Environmental Law and Policy Center works with colleagues throughout the region to create new jobs and spur economic growth with wind power. The group's work includes expert policy analysis and testimony, as well as coordination with clean tech innovators, manufacturers, developers, and policymakers to identify new opportunities for wind power.

High Plains Regional Climate Center

As part of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the High Plains Regional Climate Center provides the public with several ways to access climate data and information and engages stakeholders to learn about and help address their climate-related concerns. The High Plains Regional Climate Center turns climate data from thousands of stations across the country into usable information on the local, regional, and national levels for use in agricultural
decision-making, drought monitoring, water resource management, and more. The center's six-state region covers Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

South Dakota Public Utilities Commission

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission website provides information about South Dakota wind projects, tools for landowners, small wind energy facility construction notices, and more.

Wind on the Wires

Wind on the Wires is a non-profit organization whose 40-plus members include wind and solar developers and manufacturers; non-profit environmental, public interest, and clean energy advocacy organizations; tribal representatives; farmer organizations; and other businesses that support renewable energy. Wind on the Wires creates new opportunities for renewables to participate in the energy marketplace, drives grid policy and transmission planning, and conducts broad education and outreach activities in the Midwest.