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South Dakota Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(8-SD)

In South Dakota, a bulk transmission developer may need an Energy Facility Permit from the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission to construct an energy conversion facility or transmission facility. 49-41B S.D. § 4.

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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

Transmission Siting: A utility may need an Energy Facility Permit. 49-41B S.D. § 4.
Transmission Siting Agency: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Transmission Siting Threshold: To construct a transmission facility which includes electric transmission lines and associated facilities with a design of more than 115 kV. S.D. Stat. Ann. §49-41B-2.1.
Preemptive Authority: The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has regulatory and preemptive authority over transmission line construction in the state.
Regulated Entity Definition: A utility is defined as “any person engaged in and controlling the generation or transmission of electric energy and gas or liquid transmission facilities” S.D. Stat. Ann. §49-41B-2.
Processing Timeframe: 1 year