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Recent posts by Heidi Kolbeck-Urlacher

Rural communities vulnerable to utility disconnects

South Dakotans are struggling with the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and some are finding it difficult even to pay for essential services, such as electricity and water. Some utility providers have decided to suspend shut-offs due to unpaid bills during the pandemic, including the state’s investor-owned utilities and the cities of Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

Large-scale solar energy production coming to South Dakota

South Dakota’s solar industry is poised for significant growth as a result of two proposed utility-scale solar energy construction projects

The first of their kind in South Dakota, the projects in Oglala Lakota and Pennington counties have the potential to increase South Dakota’s installed solar capacity from less than 1.8 megawatts to more than 200 megawatts in the next two years.

South Dakota Legislative Update - April 10, 2020

“Veto Day”—South Dakota’s last legislative day—was held March 30, and due to social distancing restrictions, legislators met electronically to wrap-up the session. In addition to regular end-of-session business, lawmakers heard several emergency bills related to the COVID-19 crisis.