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South Dakota Bulk Transmission Transmission & Interconnection(8-SD)

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

South Dakota Federal

State or Preemptive Authority: An Energy Facility Permit for a transmission facility may supersede or preempt any local land use, zoning, or building rules, regulations, or ordinances upon a finding by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission that such rules, regulations, or ordinances are unreasonably restrictive. 49 S.D. § 41B-28.
Transmission Siting Agency: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Transmission Siting Process: A developer may need to obtain an Energy Facility Permit prior to constructing an “energy conversion facility” or “transmission facility.” 49-41B S.D. § 4.
Transmission Siting Threshold: A Energy Facility Permit is required for transmission projects with a capacity of more than 115 kV or generating capacity of more than 100 mW.
Siting Act: South Dakota does not have a state specific comprehensive siting act for transmission lines.
Regulated Entity Definition: A "transmission facility" is "an electric transmission line and associated facilities with a design of more than one hundred fifteen (115) kilovolts." 49-41B S.D. § 2.1(1).
Public Utility Regulatory Authority Certification Transmission Threshold: South Dakota does not require approval from the state public utility authority.
Permit Processing Timeframe: The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission must make a decision whether to grant, deny, or grant upon conditions the permit within one year of receiving the application. 49-41B S.D. § 24.

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